CelticsHub is live on the scene in Waltham today, as the Celtics just had an eventful media session prior to today’s practice, addressing the numerous trade rumors surrounding the team in recent days. Kevin Garnett spoke at length with the media to address the possibility of whether he would allow a trade, how he handles trade season, and what he thinks about this team’s potential. Here are a few of his key remarks:
On the possibility of getting traded. Would he ever waive it to go somewhere else?
“Well Danny made it very obvious since day one when he brought me and Ray here to be aligned with Paul that he was going to do whatever was best for the organization. He’s made that apparent so I’ve understood that. I bleed green, I die green, that’s what it is, but it is a business though, and when it crossed paths with it, I’ll deal with it. Trades are a part of this league. Every year you are going to hear certain things. If I were ya’ll I wouldn’t read much into it.”
Can he imagine team without Pierce?
“No, I can not. I will not.”
How does he deal with trade rumors and blocking them out?
“It’s that part of the year. Right after All-Star Break you start to hear things. Some of it’s chatter, some if it’s real. You just have to block certain things out, play through certain things. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, it’s out of your control a lot of times. The things you do control, you control those. You play, obviously fair. If the situation comes up where you got to move, then you are ready for it.”
Can this team as constructed go very far?
“My own personal view on this team, I won’t share them. Management usually makes those decisions on what they feel is best for the organization. A lot of the time players are just parts, and moving. No decision-making [from them]. Danny talks to key guys here about decision-making and that’s cool. He always give us important information and has been upfront with us. I don’t anticipate that changing anytime soon.”
If Danny has a deal that’s best for the team moving forward, you’d accept going somewhere else?
“When you define his best and what I feel is best, maybe that’s different. I won’t comment on things that haven’t happened. But you know, this is what I am, so don’t get that messed up all right?”
Strong words from Garnett, and this confirms a lot of the thoughts from my column yesterday about whether he would consider getting dealt. We’ll have more analysis and quotes live from practice in the coming hours here at CelticsHub. It’s safe to say though, with all of the trade scenarios, if the C’s continue to win before the trade deadline, it will make it very difficult for Danny Ainge to pull the trigger on any kind of deal involving Pierce and Garnett.