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Rivers: Every year is going to be year-to-year with Garnett

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Rivers: Every year is going to be year-to-year with Garnett

Kevin Garnett raised a lot of eyebrows after Wednesday's win over the Bulls, declaring that the upcoming All-Star Game would be his last.

"This is definitely my last All-Star game," Garnett proclaimed that night. "Y'all don't know what I know. Put it like this, I'm more than grateful for going (to the All-Star game). I'm not gonna act like I got more All-Star games in me or whatever. So I'm actually going to enjoy this one with some friends and family."

But Garnett just signed a three-year deal with the Celtics, and still has two more left on his contract. That said, KG is up there in age, and has made more money in the NBA than any other athlete in the history of the game -- so money isn't an issue.

Doc Rivers was asked about Garnett's comments Friday on WEEI, and like us, he doesn't exactly know what's going through Garnett's head in that regard.

"Basically that - we don't know what he knows," Rivers said. "With Kevin, Kevin I think every year is going to be year-to-year, and I really believe that. I think he loves the game too much and is playing too well to walk away. But I think during the season, he's like a lot of coaches at times who think about it. If you ask them during the middle of the season are they coming back, they would probably say, 'I doubt it,' because it's such a grind, and especially for him. But I wouldn't put too much into that."

Garnett is averaging 15.1 points and 7.7 rebounds this season for the 28-24 Celtics. His name has come up in trade rumors, but he's stated multiple times that he's a "Celtic". He also holds power over all trade with a no-trade clause.

Agent doesn't expect Gordon Hayward to return this season, but foresees full recovery

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Agent doesn't expect Gordon Hayward to return this season, but foresees full recovery

PHILADELPHIA --  Only hours removed from surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and fractured fibia injury, Gordon Hayward’s agent tells NBC Sports Boston that his client is already attacking the rehab process.
 
“We expect him to have a full recovery,” agent Mark Bartelstein said via phone Thursday.
 
That said, Bartelstein also noted that it’s unlikely that the 6-foot-8 forward will return to action this season.
 
“We don’t have a timetable or anything like that for him,” Bartelstein said. “It’s about getting better, healthier every day.”
 
The Celtics released a statement Thursday afternoon indicating Hayward underwent successful “bony and ligamentous stabilization surgery for the fracture dislocation of his left ankle.”
 
Performing the surgery was Drs. Mark Slovenkai and Brian McKeon at New England Baptist Hospital, with Dr. Anthony Schena assisting followed by consultations with Dr. David Porter of Methodist Sports Medicine in Indianapolis.
 
Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday when he was attempting to catch a lob pass from Kyrie Irving.
 
On the play, Hayward landed awkwardly on his ankle, which contorted in a way where it was clear immediately that he would be out of action for a significant amount of time.
 
Since the injury, Hayward has received an amazing amount of outpouring of well-wishes and prayers from Kobe Bryant, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and a cast of other current and former athletes. Both Edelman and Gronkowski know all too well about the challenges associated with returning to play after an injury.
 
"Go into rehab just like you go into anything else: dominate it," Gronkowski said. "Come back when you feel ready. Come back when you’re 100 percent. He wouldn’t be where he is now if he wasn’t a hard worker.”
 
And then there are the Celtics fans, whose support has been impressive.
 
Hayward delivered a pre-recorded message to the fans at the TD Garden that was aired on the Jumbotron high above half court prior to Wednesday night’s game against Milwaukee. Even after the video ended, there was no escaping Hayward’s presence was still very much in the building and on the minds of fans.
 
At one point in the 108-100 Celtics loss on Wednesday, Boston fans began a “Gor-don Hay-ward!” chant that soon swept its way throughout the TD Garden.
 
“It has been a bit overwhelming the amount of support that Gordon has received,” Bartelstein said. “It touched him in so many ways. The outpouring he got, certainly all the fans in the arena last night, from players around the league … it meant the world to him. And obviously, going through something like this, it’s devastating. So, to see so many reach out to him, it means the world to him and his family; there’s no doubt about it.”