Wyc Grousbeck Rumors
They may not quite be on Cleveland’s level, but Cleveland is an injury or two away from being on theirs. The Celtics are opportunists in the trade market, but they could be in the playoffs as well. “If there’s a mega-trade in the future: great. Otherwise we’ve got room for a max free agent this summer,” Grousbeck said. “I like where the team is but I feel that we are a significant step below where we need to be. … There’s more to do, and we’re not kidding ourselves that we’re there yet.”
As a general manager, Ainge has instigated with purpose, taking aggressive steps to achieve the team’s goals. Only three years ago, after trading Pierce and Garnett, the future was murky. Today, it’s clear: a contender in the East with arguably the most assets in the league. I asked Grousbeck if he would have believed me had I, back in 2013, told him the Celtics would be where they are today. He laughed. “I don’t believe it today.”
The Celtics will gather tomorrow at their practice facility in Waltham for Media Day. It is a perfectly fine home for the club, a private section of a larger building that includes a health club and medical facilities. But in the ever growing and modernizing NBA sphere, the footprint no longer measures up to the Celts’ needs. So, as announced earlier this year, the club is expecting to move into a new building at Boston Landing in 2018. Groundbreaking for the development, between the Bruins’ new practice rink and the New Balance Building hard by the Mass. Pike, will come later this fall.
“Everything changed the day Kevin arrived in Boston.” Wyc Grousbeck, managing partner and co-owner of the Boston Celtics, couldn’t have said it any better than with those eight words.
And the Celtics were in the thick of things for Durant as well, with Boston making the short-list of teams he did face-to-face interviews with during the free-agency period. “It was a nice to get Al. We tried to add another guy,” said Grousbeck in an oh-so-obvious reference to Durant. “We wished to add another guy. He decided to go elsewhere. We wish him the best.” As far as the Celtics are concerned, Grousbeck added, “We’re going to try and take another step forward this year. We’re excited about this team.”