Despite having a no-trade clause in his contract with the Celtics, Kevin Garnett has been the subject of trade rumors this week, after a weekend report suggested the Clippers were interested in acquiring the veteran big man. Garnett spoke to reporters today about the NBA's trade season, and Brian Robb of CelticsHub passed along a few of KG's comments. Here's what Garnett had to say:
On the possibility of being traded:
"Danny [Ainge] made it very obvious since day one when he brought me and Ray [Allen] here to be aligned with Paul [Pierce] 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 cross paths, 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 though."
On having to deal with constant rumors:
"It’s part of the year. Right after All-Star, you start to hear things. Some of it’s chatter, some of 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."
On having input on the Celtics' roster moves:
"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. Danny talks to key guys here about decision making and that’s cool. He’s always give us important information and has been upfront with us. I don’t anticipate that changing anytime soon."
On whether he can imagine the Celtics without Pierce:
"No. I cannot. I will not."