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Doc Rivers none too thrilled with Celtics trade rumors

Mar 2, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

Doc Rivers Reuters

You’ve heard all the rumors — the Celtics are going to blow up the roster, that they aggressively shopping Rajon Rondo, that the real interest is in Paul Pierce and Ray Allen — and probably a few more. The latest hot rumor is Kevin Garnett to Atlanta for Josh Smith.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers has heard them, too, and he’s pretty frustrated with them. He let the media know about it before Boston took the floor against the Nets on Friday night.

Here are Rivers comments via A. Sherrod Blakely of

Rivers said he was especially bothered by rumors that the Celtics were “aggressively” looking to trade Rajon Rondo, and another rumor involving the C’s shipping Rondo to Los Angeles for a package that would ultimately send Pau Gasol to Boston.

“That’s two (rumors) I haven’t been happy with,” said Rivers, who added that it doesn’t bother him if a rumor is in fact true. “There was no truth to that (the C’s were aggressively shopping Rondo), and the Gasol thing was even crazier. That was just ridiculous. When that kind of stuff happens, it bothers you.”

As for that KG for Smith rumor, Doc Rivers said it was the first he had heard of it. So, can we consider that one dead, too?

“I’m going to put it like this,” Rivers said. “If this is the first time I’ve heard it, what do you think?”

All that said, there is a lot of smoke in Boston for there to be no fire. Expect some kind of move by the deadline.

  1. losangelasbasketball - Mar 2, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Isnt a coachs job…. Coaching?

    • mlblogsbig3bosox - Mar 2, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      Yeah and it’s his job to keep his players focused and comfortable. I remember some guy named Larry Brown who’s not coaching anymore.. I wonder why..

      • goforthanddie - Mar 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

        Because MJ would rather make money than win.

    • florida727 - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      Want to stop the trade talks, Doc?

      Simple… win a freaking championship.

      Ever notice how little people talk about breaking up a WINNER?

      • wfon1 - Mar 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        yea, and they never won a championship against the Lakers’ starting 5.

  2. reebs33 - Mar 2, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Sorry Doc, it’s time to do something. Your team is old and trades have to be made in the best interest of the team. If the Celtics just let contracts expire, what free agent would possibly want to go to Boston given the way Ainge has shown that he has zero loyalty to any player.
    You think Rhondo feels welcome in Boston? No way! Forget his maturity issues, any player will feel slighted if they were treated the way he has been.
    I think Ray Allen is the most attractive trade piece they have to offer. Any contender would love to have his shooting and experience on their team. Clippers anyone?

  3. goforthanddie - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Then maybe Doc needs to talk to his boss about the public talk, not the press.

  4. philly4lyfe - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    “Celtics coach Doc Rivers has heard them two”

    Does anyone ever edit these stories before they are published?

  5. sfm073 - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    I don’t get trading Rondo. He’s young and a top 5 pg in the league. You’ve got three veterans that teams would love to have down the stretch. Trade them and rebuild around rondo.

  6. mvpolamalu - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    I spy a typo in the title

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