I'm sure Brad Stevens had an idea going into the Celtics job, that Danny Ainge wasn't shy about making trades. Just before Stevens was hired, Ainge traded the teams long stand in legend Paul Pierce. Stevens got the job with the Celtics because Ainge traded head coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers. Brad Stevens has had a little practice with trades already. Danny Ainge has already done a couple of trades. He sent Courtney Lee, Jordan Crawford, and Brooks out of town this year, and that's likely not the last from him
"I've never lived [the trade deadline], so it’s hard for me to say," said Stevens. "Obviously, you control what you can control and you take it from there. I’m looking forward to the road trip, I think it will be a great challenge for us. Phoenix is one of the hotter teams in the league and playing great all year and so we’ll have our hands full right out of the gates. We’ll prepare for that as it comes. I’m not looking as much at the week as I am at the one game at a time, and really one day at a time throughout the rest of the year, whether it’s the trade deadline or not."
Pressed on the topic, Stevens was asked (1) whether the team would look similar when it returned to Boston later this month and (2) whether it should look the same after the deadline.
"Those are hard questions to answer. I don’t know either way," said Stevens. "At the end of the day, that’s why I’m the coach and somebody else is doing that. And that’s probably good. But I think what I’m going to do is focus on the guys we have and, if that changes, then I’ll focus on whoever else is here."
The Celtics have already made two in-season trades that forced Stevens to juggle rotations while the Celtics went 2-15 in January. While trade rumors haven't been too much of a distraction so far this season, Stevens knows they can be this time of year.
"I’ve tried not to get caught up in all the talk as well, because it’s distracting for everybody to hear those rumors," said Stevens. "I think one of the things we have to do, again, is understand what’s substantial and what’s not. And realize that probably 90 percent of what’s out there, maybe more, is not. So we just have to focus on what we can control and move forward. I don’t know if there will be, should be, whatever the case may be, I do know that we have to get better as a team to make the progress that I think we need to make."
I think many fans, and writers would be shocked if Danny Ainge doesn't find some kind of deal out there. The question is how big will the deal be. Stevens has kept a cool, and calm head all year, and I doubt will see him change from that. Stevens will get to see the process of the deadline this season, it will only help down the road.