Stevens expected a quiet deadline day from C's

Stevens expected a quiet deadline day from C's
February 20, 2014, 7:15 pm
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Brad Stevens said Rajon Rondo's absence from the team on Saturday in Sacramento will be handled "internally."


LOS ANGELES — When it comes to trade speculation, often it's what isn't talked about that speaks volumes as to where things truly stand.

That's why Celtics coach Brad Stevens wasn't overly concerned that his roster would undergo major changes leading up to trade deadline, which came and went Thursday without the Celtics making any moves.

So, for all the talk about Rajon Rondo and Brandon Bass and Jeff Green possibly being on the move, it only served as white noise in what has been an otherwise quiet trade period for the Celtics.

"I didn't anticipate anything based on what I had heard," Stevens told reporters after the 3 p.m. (EST) deadline had passed. "And as it got further along, my conversations with the people making those decisions were few and far between."

So, the Celtics (19-36) will finish the season with their current collection of players, many of whom were the subject of widespread trade speculation for months.

Even before the deadline had passed, Danny Ainge had hinted that the deadline would likely come without Boston pulling off a major or even a minor transaction.

"You just never know," Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday morning. "We're not panicking. We don't feel pressured to have to do something right now. We're only going to do deals that we think are good deals."

Coming into the season, the Celtics made not being a luxury tax-paying team an absolute priority.

In addition, Boston wanted to field a team that may not necessarily win at a high level but they could at least compete on a nightly basis.

The Celtics have found success on both of those fronts which only added to there not being a great sense of urgency on the Celtics' part to get a deal done.

Because there were no offers that made Ainge or the Celtics inclined to strike a deal, the roster remains unchanged.

Still, that didn't lead to a few players being a bit nervous leading up to the deadline, even if they went out of their way publicly to give the impression that they were OK with the trade talk centered around them.

"At the end of the day, it's a tough time," Stevens said. "They're all checking their phones all the way up until the final buzzer as well. So I think that that's just part of life in this league. Everybody is watching out of curiosity anyway to see who ends up where."

Brandon Bass told reporters he was pleased that he would remain a Celtic for the rest of this season. Still, with him having one year left on his contract after this season, Bass will be among many Celtics whose names are sure to surface this summer as possible players on the move.

After the loss at Phoenix on Wednesday night, Bass discussed his approach to the trade talk that centered at times around him.

"Really, you just gotta take care of what you can take care of, control what you can control and let the powers that be take care of those things," Bass said. "My job is to get better everyday and help this team win anyway possible."