HoopsHype Wyc Grousbeck rumors

April 17, 2012 Updates

One of the keys will be, if a major player or two isn’t available to them, resisting the urge to spend money just because it’s there. They may have to be willing to tread water if at first the right talent won’t accept their offer. It may be simply a matter of semantics, but Grousbeck didn’t endorse those words. “I don’t know if I would agree that the phrase ‘tread water’ makes sense,” he said. “When we went on a four-year building process last time, it wasn’t treading water. I would define it as trying to patiently build. So if you’re playing (Rajon) Rondo and E’Twaun (Moore) and JuJuan (Johnson) and Avery (Bradley) and two first-rounders and maybe some of these guys back, that’s not necessarily treading water. “I think treading water is getting a bunch of mid-career vets who aren’t going to get any better.” Boston Herald

January 21, 2012 Updates

Celtics owner and CEO Wycliffe Grousbeck was on “Sports Biz: Game On” with Darren Rovell on the NBC Sports Network Friday and talked about the impact of the lockout, and more importantly to Celtics fans the older team they have this year and their plans. He sounds positive that things will work out this year, although what do you expect him to say? He says they want to make one more run with the “big four,” although don’t be shocked if he has to sing a different tune if things continue to look bleak in a few more weeks. NBCSports.com

December 7, 2011 Updates

Among the most vocal players questioning the deal in its aftermath were key members of the Boston Celtics: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, sources said. Pierce is represented by agent Jeff Schwartz, who was among a group of seven agents from six of the most powerful agencies who had unsuccessfully pushed for the players to decertify as early as July. All three play for an owner, Wyc Grousbeck, who was an undisputed hawk on the labor relations committee in pushing for a deal that, among other things, all but eliminated the extend-and-trade provision that landed Garnett in Boston in 2007. CBSSports.com

November 17, 2011 Updates

The impact of a lost season wouldn't be limited to those three franchises. With Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, 2012, an 82-game wipeout essentially would assure that the Celtics' Big Three has played its last game together -- odd, since sources say Boston co-owner Wyc Grousbeck has been one of the hardest-line owners during the negotiations. The champion Mavericks wouldn't even make it to the ring ceremony before getting broken up, with Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and J.J. Barea all becoming unrestricted on July 1, 2012. CBSSports.com

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June 30, 2011 Updates

The owners believe they have more tolerance than the players, believe that pain comes with missed checks in November and December and perhaps, finally, a complete cave with time to rush a shortened 50-game regular season and playoffs. Back in the labor talks of 2005, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck would say over and over in the negotiating sessions: The lockout is an investment. Yahoo! Sports

June 27, 2011 Updates

The NBA owners' planning committee is meeting by conference call Monday to tackle one of the most significant sticking points that have kept the league's imperiled labor negotiations from progressing toward any chance of a deal: revenue sharing. The committee, led by chairman Wyc Grousbeck of the Celtics, had been scheduled to meet last Friday in conjunction with a full-blown bargaining session with players, but the session was rescheduled. CBSSports.com

June 20, 2011 Updates

Today's NBA is filled with owners who paid through the nose for their teams, and have years of red ink in front of them before they ever see a return on their investment. The list includes Joe Lacob and Peter Guber (Golden State, purchased in 2010 for $450 million), Robert Sarver (Phoenix, 2005, $400 million), Dan Gilbert (Cleveland, 2005, $375 million), Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagluica (Boston, 2002, $360 million), Ted Leonsis (Washington, 2010, $300 million -- an estimated price that does not include another $250 million in debt on Verizon Center and the Wizards that Leonsis also has to assume) and Mikhail Prokhorov (New Jersey, 2009, $200 million for 80 percent of the team and 45 percent of the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn in which the Nets will play beginning in 2013). NBA.com

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Grousbeck just mentioned the deal in this owners session, having been asked by ESPN’s Bill Simmons whether he was the brains behind “the Perkins trade.” Grousbeck quickly corrected him. “No, I did the Green acquisition,” he replied. NBA Confidential

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