BOSTON -- Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee, his name swirling in trade rumors that suggest that he and Brandon Bass could be headed to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Omer Asik, acknowledged the trade chatter, but said his focus is on Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons.
"I only know what y’all know," said Lee. "It’s part of the game. It happens. I’ve been involved in trade rumors my whole career so I don’t pay attention until it happens."
Lee, now in his sixth NBA season, has played for four teams, including a two-year stint in Houston. He's already been traded three times in his career.
"It’s the NBA. Some people live on the move, other people stay put," said Lee. "Whatever happens happens."
Asked if he's able to block out the trade gossip, he laughed and noted it's probably easier for him than others.
"It’s very easy; I became a pro at it," said Lee. "You get used to it after a while. You go do your job. It’s part of being a professional. You get paid to play basketball, so I just have to make sure I show up and have that same mentality, whether I’m here or somewhere else."
Lee was listed on the team's active roster for Wednesday's game and said, "It’s part of being professional. I showed up today, preparing for Detroit, and to go out there and get a win. That’s my mindset."
Towards the end of his chat with reporters, Lee was playfully asked if he enjoyed his first stint in Houston. Rajon Rondo, standing nearby, scoffed at the leading question.
"They ask me about everything," Lee said with a laugh. "That’s what I told them, my mind is on Detroit tonight, preparing for the game. I like how you tried to ask that question; It was a good question."
On Monday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens noted that he wouldn't pay any mind to trade rumors until Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge approached him about a potential swap.
Stevens said before Wednesday's game, "I haven’t talked to Danny. Danny took off [Tuesday] and [that was] the last time I talked to Danny. He didn’t have anything and I haven’t talked to him since."
Is Stevens glad he doesn't have to deal with personnel issues?
"It’s why you have a front office, it’s why you have coaches," he said. "My job is to coach the team and I’m trying to do that as well as I can. Those guys are giving us everything they have. That’s going to be our continued focus. Just like anything else, until I talk to Danny or until I get something substantial from ownership or management, I just have to maintain status quo and stay as is. I think as hard as it probably is for our guys to do that -- it’s probably really difficult -- they also understand that it’s just the world we live in."
Bass was still in the starting lineup on the scorer's sheet posted an hour before tipoff.