The Celtics, simply because of the way they have been deconstructed, are going to be mentioned whenever the next wave of trade rumors breaks.

As of yesterday, Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee — both part of the alleged package of players and picks Danny Ainge was willing to send to Houston for center Omer Asik — remain Celtics.

The Celtics president of basketball operations still has that brimming collection of first-round picks — nine over the next five years — to use as sweetener in any prospective deal. Considering the NBA trade deadline is two months away on Feb. 20, Ainge’s busy winter has only started.

But for now Ainge’s team is unchanged, just as the Houston roster still includes a certain disgruntled 7-footer. Houston general manager Daryl Morey’s attempt at creating a market for Asik failed to launch yesterday.

Depending on who is doing the talking, the Celtics have the best chance of landing the talented defender, who made it clear he does not want to spend the entire season as Dwight Howard’s backup.

But Morey, who needed to complete a trade by today to have any chance of trading away any players he acquires in this deal by the trading deadline, pulled Asik temporarily off the market, according to numerous national reports.

And that development has left people with the Celtics scratching their heads. According to a team source, there has been little contact between the Celtics and Rockets over the last week, though Ainge did contact the agents for Bass and Lee to give them the organization’s take on negotiations.

Though Ainge clearly could have been waiting for Morey to change his demands — one of the Celtics’ two 2014 first-rounders was thought to be the Houston GM’s target — most of the recent effort seems to have been generated by Houston.

The front office for the Celtics was wondering yesterday how the most-recent rumor gained so much momentum. Talks, according to the source, were never particularly close.

The Celtics also appear to be content to wait for Rajon Rondo’s eventual return from knee surgery — most likely next month — if for no other reason than no one knows how the guard will respond once he starts playing.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens has developed a system with Rondo in mind. The idea is to blend the point guard back into the mix as seamlessly as possible.