Rivers on trade talk: Don’t think so
|01.27.10 at 11:05 am ET|
In his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan program, Celtics coach Doc Rivers downplayed the recent trade talk that has swirled around the Celtics.
“I don’t think so,” Rivers said when asked if the team was likely to make a move. “I really don’t. I’ve heard some silly talk over the last two or three days about trades that we’ve been discussing, which I wish I had I had known about. They were interesting. Obviously if we can improve our team we’re going to. But, I don’t think there’s a trade out there that we can pull off and I don’t mind if we don’t.” [Click here for a full transcript.]
A published report on CSNNE indicated the Golden State Warriors would consider offering a package of players for Ray Allen, with Monta Ellis prominently involved. The struggling Warriors acknowledged they needed to make changes, but coach Don Nelson laughed when asked about the rumor.
For his part, Allen told reporters after practice Tuesday that he wanted to remain with the Celtics beyond this season when his contract expires, and that he understands that he would probably have to take less money to make that happen.
The trade deadline is Feb. 18 and the Celtics have a number of expiring contracts, with Allen’s potentially the biggest bait. But the Celtics are eager to see what this team can do when everyone is healthy, which has not happened yet. Marquis Daniels is on track to rejoin the team around the All-Star break, which won’t give them much time to make a decision, if there even is one to be made.
UPDATE: Danny Ainge was a guest on the Big Show (click here for a full transcript) and he also shot down the rumors.
“There’s one little rumor, that’s made up by the way, that gets reported that actually ends up being a story every day for a couple of weeks,” Ainge said.
Ainge said he did talk to Allen about the rumor and that Allen understands the nature of the business.
“Ray gets it,” Ainge said. “He knows there’s no such thing as players being untradeable. He knows he’s 34 years old and at the end of his contract. At the same time he knows that he is a very valuable piece to what we’re trying to do right now, which is win a championship and he’s one of our key components. So, he gets all of it and he understands the business. It’s unfortunate that someone says something and then players have to respond and coaches have to respond for weeks at a time sometimes with no validity to it.”
Ainge went on to say that he believes Allen has a lot of basketball left in him and that he feels the Celtics, as constituted, are good enough to contend for a championship.
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