Brad Stevens Rumors
“I think if you go through and try to stay on top of every rumor that’s flying around — maybe you mention it in one [team] setting,” Stevens said. “I don’t think that guys put a lot of stock into it, to be honest. It’s part of the business. We all recognize it’s part of the business. But we’re all focused and preparing to play a good Detroit team. And there’s so many games and there’s so little time to prepare for the games, it’s really hard to get sidetracked. Certainly, you’re not always going to play your best, certainly there’s always distractions, but if you let distractions creep into you while you’re playing, you’ll play poorly.”
Q: How often are you talking to president of basketball operations Danny Ainge about trade possibilities? Brad Stevens: No more or less than I talk to him throughout the whole year. He comes in to talk to me—everybody always shares their opinions of players across the league. That’s no different than seeing somebody at Starbucks—you’re always going to hear opinions. He only comes in with real possibilities. We don’t discuss things that are rumors and pipe dreams. He might ask for my opinion in two minutes like he did for the Isaiah deal last year, or he might ask my opinion and think about it over the course of a week. We really haven’t gotten into any of those this year. I’m just going to coach this team and assume this is the team we’re going to have all year.