There was some scuttlebutt Tuesday about a potential Rajon Rondo-to-Sacramento trade. As ESPN.com's Marc Stein noted, "Those Rondo-to-[Kings] rumblings have been shot down pretty firmly. But I continue to hear Celts remain at heart of trade mix for [Houston center] Omer Asik." More from Stein:
As Dec. 19 draws near, more & more folks forecasting three-team Asik deal & Boston right there w/Philly now in terms of likely destinations
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) December 18, 2013
On Monday, Celtics first-year coach Brad Stevens noted, "I don’t pay attention to [trade rumors]. The only time I would pay attention to it is if [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] came in and told me that something was being considered, and we haven’t had any of those discussions."
The Celtics have a need for a rim-protecting center. But asked if he had a preference on any moves, Stevens added, "It’s not my job. I’ll coach the guys that are here, and I’m excited about coaching these guys and I’ve enjoyed coaching these guys."