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Celtics downplay trade rumors

Kevin Garnett could be dangled as a trade chip by the Celtics before the Feb. 21 deadline.

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Kevin Garnett could be dangled as a trade chip by the Celtics before the Feb. 21 deadline.

Trade rumors are swirling, with the trade deadline upcoming on Feb. 21. And in the current media landscape -- driven by text messages, Twitter and other bite-size forms of rapidly moving information -- these rumors tend to run a little more rampant than usual.

Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, has been involved in those rumors, specifically with The Sporting News reporting that the Clippers were interested in Garnett in a deal that could include Caron Butler and Eric Bledsoe.

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On Tuesday, Garnett addressed those rumors -- and he started out by indicating that under Danny Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, any change would not be surprising.

“Danny made it very, very obvious, since day one when he brought Ray (Allen) and myself here to align with Paul (Pierce), that he’s going to do whatever’s best for the organization,” Garnett said. “He’s always made that apparent, so I’ve always understood that.

“I bleed green, I’ll die green,” Garnett continued. “That’s what it is. But it is a business. When it crosses that path, I’ll deal with it. Trades are a part of this league. Every year you’re going to hear things. If I were y’all (the media), “I wouldn’t read too much into it.”

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Celtics coach Doc Rivers made it a point to note how many trade rumors that make the rounds in said current media landscape aren’t based on any shred of truth. Rivers said that any trade rumors were coming from the media, not from the Celtics organization.

“Sometimes some of the stuff that happens is just silly,” Rivers said. “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.”

Rivers added that trade rumors aren’t new; they’re just often coming from people who, as he said, “sit behind a computer.”

“The problem is now that you guys (the media) have to actually report it, which you shouldn’t do, but you do and it becomes an issue,” Rivers said.

As for how he handles dealing with players when trade rumors are floating around, Rivers said he doesn’t actually have to do anything.

“Fortunately for our guys, a lot of them are veterans,” Rivers said. “They’ve been through the drill. They know how it is. They know now that if you suggest, ‘Hey, what about if someone did this?’ it becomes factual. I think what’s changed in my time ... is it used to be factual. Now, someone can say something, they can create the news and they can report on the news that they created. And I think that is pretty silly.

“Nowadays, you can’t believe half the things you read or hear, and it’s sad.”

So, what does Rivers want to happen with this roster?

“I like our roster,” he said.

So, nothing?

“That’s your answer,” he said.

Ainge has said that Boston will fill its two remaining roster spots before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

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