Thursday’s trade deadline is at 3 p.m., but as of Wednesday night, all was quiet on the Celtics’ front, according to a league source.
Despite a flurry of trade rumors about teams being interested in Rondo, the source said the Celtics were not close to completing any deals and that there wasn’t much activity at all. Another league source stressed it was highly unlikely the team will trade Rondo.
The Celtics already have many enticing assets — including as many as 10 first-round draft picks over the next five years — that will help speed along their rebuilding process, so it’s not as though the team is desperate to make a move.
The Celtics are a little less than $1 million below this season’s $71.75 million luxury tax line and would like to clear some salary cap space if possible, but ownership has maintained that it would go over the tax line to help facilitate a deal if necessary.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens again stated that he isn’t focusing on the deadline or the rumors surrounding it and his team.
“Like I said [Tuesday], I think the biggest thing is you don’t really focus on things that aren’t there,” Stevens said before Boston’s 100-94 loss to the Suns. “Right now, our team is right here, they are right in front of me. And I don’t want to speculate or live in a world of speculation. I want to live in the world that exists at this moment, and go from there.
“I understand it’s a great story line, so it’s a great thing to talk about and it’s a great thing to have in the media. From my standpoint, I haven’t thought two seconds about it. Because it’s not my job, nor is it anything that I’m concerned about from a standpoint of — like I said yesterday, the team that we have, I like our locker room, I like the guys that are here.’’