Garnett went on to explain that it’s common for trade rumors to pop up around this time of the season, with the Feb. 21 trade deadline less than three weeks away.
“It’s part of the year, All-Star [Game], right after All-Star you start to hear things, and some of it’s chatter, some of it’s real, and you just have to be able to block certain things out, be able to play through certain things,” Garnett said. “If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. It’s out of your control a lot of time. The things you do control, you control those -- your play, obviously family, and if a situation comes up where you have to move, then you get ready for it.”
Pierce maintained that trade rumors don’t bother him, noting that he’s always just preferred to let things play out.
“I don’t really pay too much attention to it,” Pierce said. “Whatever happens just happens. It’s going to play out the way it’s going to play out, just like in the draft. When I got drafted, it played out the way it’s supposed to play out. So things of that nature really don’t bother me. It has no effect on how I’m going to perform, how I’m going to practice, how I’m going to approach each and every day.
“I’m taking each day day by day. I’m enjoying it, I’m enjoying my teammates, and like I said, whatever happens, it just happens. It’s out of my control.”
Rivers said he’d be surprised if the current roster is different from the one that will be in place at the end of the season, saying that the biggest discussion he and Ainge have had was about the San Francisco 49ers’ loss in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
“Yeah, I would be [surprised]. but, again, you don’t know,” Rivers said. “But the fact that Danny and I have only talked about how [49ers quarterback Colin] Kaepernick should have run a couple times in the fourth quarter tells me where we’re at right now.”