C's downplay trade chatter

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Amidst persistent chatter about whether the Celtics would be open to dealing away key members of their core if Boston is unable to turn around its early season struggles, coach Doc Rivers offered strong remarks Thursday suggesting that any such consideration is extremely premature.

"You don’t ever like hearing that, but listen, [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] and I are always on the same page," said Rivers. "Danny, I don’t think he meant in any way that he was trying to trade anybody. I think that was how it was looked at. I would say it’s a very strong possibility that we’re going to get this together, and stronger possibility that every single guy will be here.”

Asked about a potential splitting on the Big Three, point guard Rajon Rondo pointed to the dark days before the unit was comprised in the summer of 2007.

"It was ugly around here when there wasn't a Big Three," cautioned Rondo. "We lost 18 straight that year, my rookie year. It was a tough year, but we had a great turnaround once the Big Three came together.

"It's a business. I was heavy in trade talks this summer, so I guess it's their turn. I don't know. It still could be me. It's just part of the business."

Asked if he felt like the rumblings might be part of an overreaction -- both by media and fans -- based on Boston's early season struggles, Rondo admitted that a few more wins might have gone a long way towards preventing the trade chatter.

"I mean, you know, [the media is] good for stirring up some stories, so that's just part of it," said Rondo. "You win five [in a row], you wouldn't be talking about it. But if you lose five, there are obviously some trade talks. That's just the NBA. It's something every year."