OAKLAND -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers greeted the media before his team played the Warriors by asking sarcastically if we had any gossip for him. When informed about Dwight Howard's ever-changing situation in Orlando, Rivers was genuinely surprised. "It’s good being unaware, let me just say," he said.
As for his own team, Rivers said he would be surprised if there was trade involving his core players, but he added, "You never know."
"Last year I may have made that statement and we traded nine guys," Rivers said. "It felt like nine [it was actually five]. This thing goes pretty quickly. I guess you’re telling me Dwight’s thing is back in play, so you never know."
The Celtics are in the market for a big man, especially now that Chris Wilcox will undergo aortic surgery later this month and is out for the season.
"It’s obviously tough. It's tough for Chris," Rivers said. "In the long run again as Lawrence Frank sarcastically wrote, 'You guys are in the business of saving lives.' In retrospect that’s true. I’d rather have it that way. Obviously basketball wise, that puts us in a bit of a hole. We have until [Thursday] to see if we can extract a big from somewhere, but we don’t want to give up anything so that’s going to be tough to do."
Rivers said that the last thing he told Danny Ainge was that the Celtics shouldn't do anything that hurts them now or in the future.
"At the end of the day I like our team," Rivers said. "Obviously we need a big, but let’s not do anything that hurts the team this year or the future to try and get a big. I just don’t think we should do that."
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