The latest reports indicate the Celtics are haggling over what draft pick to include in a Rockets deal and other potential suitors have dropped out of the fold, potentially strengthening Boston’s bargaining positioning, since Houston is the one that HAS to make a deal here (or wants to).
In the meantime, CelticsHub spoke with both Brad Stevens and Courtney Lee before the game on the recent trade rumors swirling around this team.
Stevens on whether he’s heard from Danny: “I haven’t talked to Danny. Danny took off yesterday and the last time I talked to Danny, he didn’t have anything and I haven’t talked to him since.”
Stevens on the trade rumors: “It’s why you have a front office, it’s why you have coaches. 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.”
Lee on the possibility of getting dealt: “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 on if he wants to stay in Boston: “Yeah, you always want to stay put. But it’s the NBA. Some people live on the move, other people stay put. Whatever happens happens.”
Lee on blocking out the rumors: ”It’s very easy; I became a pro at it. 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 on whether Ainge has talked to him: “No, they usually don’t talk to players before they make a trade. If it’s something that both parties agreed on. When it happens, it happens — if it does happen.”
CelticsHub is live at the Garden to stay tuned for all sorts of reaction throughout the evening. Keep it here.