Celtics trying to ignore trade deadline talk

Celtics trying to ignore trade deadline talk
February 19, 2014, 2:15 pm
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PHOENIX — In what has been a season of firsts for Celtics rookie head coach Brad Stevens, not allowing Thursday's 3 p.m. (EST) trade deadline to negatively impact his team presents yet another challenge.

"The biggest thing is, you don't focus on things that aren't there," Stevens said prior to Wednesday's game against Phoenix. "Our team is right here; they're right in front of me. I don't want to speculate or live in a world of speculation. I want to live in the world that exists and go from there."

Stevens' approach mirrors that of his veteran players, many of whom have had their names tossed through the rumor mill in the past.

Gerald Wallace, acquired by Boston as part of the blockbuster trade with Brooklyn this past summer, doesn't believe trade speculation has had any impact on the Celtics' roster.

"You deal with it," Wallace told CSNNE.com. "We play tonight, focus on this game, and in 24 hours it'll be over with. It'll be history."

It remains to be seen if the same can be said of a few Celtics players whose names have come up prominently in trade speculation recently.

When asked how he has handled trade speculation involving himself in the past, Wallace said, "You can't deal with it. You just have to continue to play. You can't let it get to you. You have to continue to focus on what you gotta do. And if it happens, it happens. You always prepare yourself for it, especially when you're one of the primary guys that's in the rumor talk. You just have to continue to do what you can do and control the things that you can control."

That's the approach that Stevens has taken in handling the trade speculation, much of which has centered around players he coaches.

"I understand it's a great storyline, it's a great thing to talk about, and a great thing to have in the media," Stevens said. "From my standpoint, I haven't thought two seconds about it. It's not my job, nor is it anything that I'm concerned about from the standpoint . . . The team that we have, I like our locker room, I like the guys that are here. It is what it is."