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Your Morning Dump… Where the trade rumors haven’t infiltrated the Celtics

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

I didn’t even think about that,” said Pierce, more amused than nostalgic. “I don’t even know the latest [rumors].”

Pierce, always one of the more informed players when it comes to NBA news and scuttlebutt, actually seemed playfully curious about where trade rumors had him headed.

“What’s the latest?” he asked. Informed his name had swirled in a potential deal with the Brooklyn Nets, Pierce just smiled and shook his head.

Paul Pierce says he didn’t consider the possibility Wednesday’s game could be his last with Boston.

“I haven’t talked to [president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] about anything, but I’m sure if something comes up, he’ll probably call me,” said Pierce, who reportedly almost got shipped to the Nets at last season’s deadline. “You can’t worry about that. I have a job to do. And [Boston’s front office has] to do what’s best for them, for the franchise at the end of the day. I understand that. I’ve always understood that this is a business.”

“[Rumors] definitely haven’t infiltrated us, even though we are in the headlines — us and the Lakers, that’s all you see on TV,” said Jason Terry. “But it’s a lot of smoke and mirrors, man. It doesn’t look like [Boston management is] doing anything, but you never know.”

ESPN Boston

I think the guys are lying when they claim to ignore the rumors. They listen and it’s a topic of discussion.

But I do believe that veterans like Pierce, Terry and Garnett do not let the rumors affect their preparation or focus on the court.

There’s the happy medium. They discuss it (likely a lot with their wives, “But baby, I don’t wanna move to Atlanta…), but it’s not impacting on the court play.

As for those rumors, there isn’t anything new or hot. But Sean Devaney of the Sporting News offers some perspective on why the Celtics might be motivated to move Pierce:

Of Boston’s stars, then, that leaves Paul Pierce as the only prospect for a trade.

League sources pin that as a long shot, especially with Garnett staying put. Still, the Celtics are intrigued by the recent play of  Jeff Green and the feeling is that he could blossom if he didn’t feel he needed to defer to Pierce. But Pierce remains one of the team’s most popular veterans, and shipping him off without getting full value would be a risky move.

Green feels the need to defer to Pierce? I’d have to see a statistical breakdown (where’s our intern Evan) that shows Green’s stats nosedive when he’s on the court with the Truth.

Those who stayed up to watch the Celtics play the Lakers last night were treated to steaming pile of manure. KWAPT was kind enough to recap the debacle. Inspired by the death of owner Jerry Buss, the Lakers came out with high-energy and the Celtics couldn’t do anything about it:

Garnett anticipated that it might be like this, and he reverted back to the warning he and Pierce shared with teammates on their way to this city.

“I was right on,” he said. “Paul and I was right on.”

Celtics now 0-2 on the 5 game trip. Up next, Phoenix and Portland. Two winnable games. I think.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – For Williams, 2nd chance at impression | Rapid Reaction: Lakers 113 Celtics 99 | CSNNE – Slim chance Celtics acquire difference maker | Herald – Doc instructs Bradley, Lee to score more | Lakers beat C’s on emotional night | Joining C’s a relief to Williams | Trade talk nowhere for C’s | Globe – Lakers rout Celtics | Howard clashes with Lakers culture |

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  • LA Flake

    Ok, another Rondo bashing post here.

    Danny pretty much confirmed what a high maintenance primadonna Rondo is by telling his agent that he will not be traded and reassuring him that Rondo is their guy going forward. Whether that’s good for our future or not is debatable. What’s baffling about what Danny did is that he has never ever done that sort of thing for anyone else before. Not KG, not PP, definitely not Ray Allen and nobody else. So, why Rondo?

    Could it be that Danny is afraid of hurting little Rajon’s feelings? Does Rondo have a stranglehold on the franchise? What the hell is going on here?

    As for Green vs PP, maybe Doc should just play them together more by starting Green over his daughter’s boyfriend(my theory) dumBass.

    • $tephanie95

      What’s the purpose? And how do you know that Danny has never reassured a player’s agent that he wasn’t being traded because I’m sure the agents like to stay in the know (especially one that’s in trade rumors EVERY season)?

      Rondo is rehabbing an injury and his agent is looking out for his client my gawd.

    • KY Celts fan

      Perhaps it’s because Danny receives the most calls about Rondo. What Danny said doesn’t confirm anything about Rondo’s personality. You’re twisting his words to fit your own conclusions.

      Now I’m not saying Rondo isn’t difficult. We all know he is. I live in Lexington, and I have friends who would play pick up games with Rondo while he was in school here. They all tell me he was a complete ass. All I’m saying is that Danny didn’t say anything out of the ordinary, but you’re turning an innocuous statement into something defamatory so that it fits your own prejudices.

      • LA Flake

        you are right. i’m just annoyed because i don’t remember danny doing such a thing for anyone before.

  • $tephanie95

    From what I’m hearing from my contact inside the orginization is that rondo will not be traded.

    • $tephanie95

      Question: Why are YOU using the exact name as me? I changed mines specifically to be different from yours..not cool.

      • $tephanie95

        Excuse me gals. Both of you changed your name to mine, which I’ve had for years. Very not cool, smh.

        • frickenWaaaltaaah

          O rly?

          This would be a good time for the refs at RedsArmy to look at the ip addresses for those and other relevant posts and blow the whistle.

          Poster name stalking/spoofing is really childish.

  • boston2343

    I heard Pierce got traded for real. Well that’s fine with me, I’m tired with his Hero Ball that results to turnovers

  • KY Celts fan

    Because it was mentioned in the article, I’d like to compliment Jeff Green on his play over the past month or so. He has really turned his game around. He’s even doing a good job of playing the point forward when he has to.

    But playoffs mean everything. But if he plays like this through April and May, then I believe Ainge deserves a big pat on the back for reading the tea leaves and moving Perkins when he did.

    • KWAPT

      He’s been playing very well. And of course with all the injuries & trade talk it’s been overshadowed. I’m pulling for him and hope he has a great 2nd half of the season.

    • SirCedric

      Considering the seriousness of his health issues last year…….

  • John E

    I’m hearing the Clipper trade is going through, Garnett and Melo to the clippers for Bledsoe and Jordan. Now I’m assuming Pierce is gone too but where is the question.

    • Deezed

      Atlanta perhaps? J Smoove

  • frickenWaaaltaaah

    So close…

    About two and a half hours till the haters and their fake inside info eat crow.

    No sell-your-soul deals this year, lamers.

    • KWAPT

      Can you smell the plastic people starting to melt?

  • Matt W

    Luke Zeller just got waived. HELLO GARBAGE BIG MAN!