Keith Bogans was included in the trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from Boston to Brooklyn, and it seems as if the two future hall of famers aren’t the only ones angry with how things turned out. Bogans has played just four games and a total of 28 minutes this season, and he is essentially just taking up space on the bench for Boston.
Well, he isn’t happy about the situation, and he told HOOPSWORLD that he wants things to change:
“I had no idea that I would be in this position,” Bogans said. “[My expectations were] that I would play.”
“[I miss] everything,” Bogans said. “Everything. Imagine 11 years and just this. … It would not matter [how many minutes] as long as I was on the court playing. It wouldn’t matter. I’ve got more DNPs [this season] than I have in 10 years.”
“Money is good, but if you’re not happy doing what you love to do… I want to play basketball,” Bogans said. In response to whether or not he is happy, Bogans continued, “The fact that I’m not playing, no. But put people in my position and see what would happen. It’s easier said than done. So anybody can say yeah I’m happy, I’m getting money, but come on now.”
Clearly, Bogans is a veteran player on a young team that is getting overlooked for those younger guys. Boston is in the middle of a rebuild, and there is no place for Bogans in this rotation. As for Celtics coach Brad Stevens, he is taking the typical coach path:
“We have [had conversations],” Stevens said of Bogans. “But at the same time, he’s going to prepare for his time and I’d be disappointed in him if he wasn’t a little bit antsy to play and excited or really wanted to increase his role. That would be disappointing from a competitive standpoint so I’m glad he feels that way.”
We will see how this situation turns out, but there isn’t really a market when it comes to trades for Bogans. He will probably just play garbage time for the rest of the season.