But when it comes to the NBA’s trade deadline, he isn’t the law of the land.
No, Danny Ainge is the architect of this Celtics team, and he’ll have the final say at the end of the day. Although Kevin Garnett has some say, too, as he is one of the few players in the league with a no-trade clause in their contract.
"All from [the media]. None from us. Really. I would like to say that. Sometimes I like [the media], sometimes, some of the stuff that happens is just silly. It really is. When I wake up in the morning and I hear a trade rumor that I haven't heard in my office, that's silly, and that's what happens."
A coach denying that some impending changes are in the works isn’t anything new, but Rivers was particularly adamant in his rebuttal.
He also denied having dinner with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Chauncey Billups over the weekend, according to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.
If that is true and that dinner never happened, then we’re back at square one.
If Rivers was there or is actively involved in trade negotiations, do you think he would disclose his part in orchestrating the dismantling of the Garnett and Paul Pierce era in Boston?
Ray Allen left via free agency last summer, and it’s only a matter of time before Ainge and Rivers have to start retooling this roster.
When asked about his future, Garnett restated his loyalty to the Celtics but also acknowledged the nature of the business, according to Payne:
I bleed green, I die green, that's what it is. But it is a business and when that crosses the paths, I deal with it. But trades are a part of this league. Every year you're going to hear certain things. If I were y'all, I wouldn't read too much into it.
At the end of the day, difficult decisions have to be made in order to perpetuate the success of an organization. The decisions Ainge is facing are not easy, and speculation and rumors will continue to be a reality until something changes.
With Garnett being able to block any trades and Paul Pierce unlikely to be on the move, it’s safe to say that the Celtics’ two remaining stars are not going to be dealt this season.
But that doesn’t and won’t stop the rumor mill from swirling.
Boston, who is clinging to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, has some very serious needs after losing Rajon Rondo and rookie Jared Sullinger for the season.
Garnett and Pierce may be safe, but that doesn’t mean Ainge won’t make a move to try and bolster his roster for a playoff run.
After all, there may not be very many of those left before the team has to rebuild.
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