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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Notebook: Rumor season won't change C's


BOSTON -- Rumor season arrived in earnest this week for the Boston Celtics with a buzz suggesting potential interest in Houston Rockets center Omer Asik. Before Monday's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, coach Brad Stevens threw cold water on the chatter.

"Couldn’t tell you if [his players] read [the trade gossip]; I don’t pay attention to that stuff," Stevens said. "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. Ultimately, this is a job, it’s a unique business that we are all in, but I have not seen it affect personalities one way or another. It’s been the same locker room for the last two months."

Stevens inherited a flawed roster heavy on shooting guards and power forwards, but lacking depth at point guard (at least while Rajon Rondo has rehabbed) and center (which helps explain the Asik speculation). If he'd like to see some tweaks to the unbalanced roster, Stevens isn't tipping his hand.

"It’s not my job," he said. "I’ll coach the guys that are here, and I’m excited about coaching these guys and I’ve enjoyed coaching these guys."

A handful of postgame notes after the Celtics topped the Timberwolves 101-97 at TD Garden: