HoopsHype Wyc Grousbeck rumors


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Speculation surrounds the Celtics and what they might do if they land a top-three pick during the NBA Draft lottery Tuesday night. If the pick falls that high, the Celtics could send it to Minnesota as part of a package for All-Star forward Kevin Love, according to reports. “Nothing has been discussed until we see the pick,” Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck told the Globe Monday night. “When we see what pick it is, the phones will start ringing and we’ll start answering the phones.” Boston Globe

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Grousbeck is on the NBA’s advisory finance committee, which will look into the next phase of the Sterling mess — namely how to force him to sell. But without Silver’s resolve, the process wouldn’t have been this expedient. “I was in touch with Adam via email over the weekend, and I talked to the league office this morning,” Grousbeck said. “I got a strong sense of where he was going with this. To be honest, he didn’t have a lot of input on this from me.” But Grousbeck knew, as well as anyone who listened to the infamous tape, that Silver’s direction was going to be clear cut. “Anyone who listened to that tape, once it was decided whether it was authentic or doctored, was going to understand what had to be done,” Grousbeck said. “What I heard . . . is not compatible with being in the NBA.” Boston Herald

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Does Grousbeck’s “fireworks” comment make Ainge push harder to make something happen? “No, listen, I know Wyc and I love working with him,” Ainge said. “We all care about the Celtics fans and our fan base and our partners and our players and our coaches — everybody wants to win and be a championship contender every year. “Wyc knows that we’re sitting in a good situation. We just have to be working to explore every opportunity that we can. I think we’re all excited for the possibilities, and yet I think Wyc is rational and when it comes down to it, he’ll only do deals that he likes.” Boston Globe

April 18, 2014 Updates

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck recently said there could be “fireworks” this offseason with regards to potential moves. How do you view that comment? Rajon Rondo: I’ve been through a lot of fireworks. I know this organization definitely wants to win. They’ve done it before. I’ve been in the same situation before where we lost 50-plus games and the following year, everything had changed. I don’t underestimate Wyc or Danny [Ainge] and what they have planned. Boston Globe

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Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck suggested last month that the Celtics had potential for fireworks this offseason given Boston's pile of assets (draft picks, tradable contracts, trade exceptions) and Ainge has said he hopes the team can light up the summer sky with moves to restore Boston to contender status. "I’m going to try to blow off some fireworks, but I have to be patient as well and we have to make sure that we don’t do deals just to do deals," Ainge said Thursday during his weekly call to Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub. "We have to do the right deals. Those are a lot harder than most people think or believe or understand. I’m not making any promises, we have a busy summer ahead of us, and there's a lot of different directions we could go." ESPN.com

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With Pierce and Kevin Garnett long gone, Rondo is the Celtics’ most identifiable player. He is the lone link to the glory days and young enough to be the branch from one era to the next. Legacy is important to Grousbeck, and while he doesn’t say it, Rondo wouldn’t mind being an all-time great in a city of all-time greats. At 28 he is old enough to understand the game isn’t promised and soon enough he’ll be 30-something and a step slow. He may want to explore the lures of other organizations but a vote of confidence from the chief Celtic doesn’t hurt his attraction to staying put. “I mean, we had a dinner at the beginning of the year and Wyc expressed how he felt about me. I don’t think he’s a liar. I know he’s not a liar,” Rondo said. “He didn’t have to tell me anything. Him and I, we spoke, and what he said recently hasn’t changed.” Boston Globe

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The Celtics will have extensive salary cap space in the summer of 2015, but the organization hasn’t attracted a major free agent in his prime in more than 20 years. Grousbeck is confident that will change. “In my opinion, Kevin Garnett chose to come here,” he said. “Not technically a free agent, but it was a choice to come to Boston and he could have not come, not signed the extension. And that led to a championship. Kevin and Doc [Rivers] coming here and saying such great things about Boston definitely helps our recruiting position. “There’s money everywhere in the league now. The money is so big in the league that guys will get their money one way or another. The only difference is championship rings. I’ve got one on right now. When guys really want a ring, we think they’re going to look at us, look at Brad, look at our fans and our ownership support, and say this is a place they’ll consider.” Boston Globe

The transition from Rivers to Stevens has gone smoothly, with the rookie coach drawing rave reviews for his managing of a young roster. “I love Brad, he’s so comfortable with himself, he knows who he is, he knows how he wants his team to play, he knows what kind of players he wants, he’s a natural leader even though he looks like a 25-year-old,” Grousbeck said. “There’s something magnetic about him. He’s going to be a great coach in this league for a long time to come. “I said to someone the other day, ‘Doc, I really miss you and wish you didn’t leave, but this has really eased the pain, having Brad here.’ ” Boston Globe

It’s been difficult for Grousbeck to watch consistent losses, focus on development more than victories, and cross his fingers for a high lottery pick rather than watch his skilled squad crush playoff opponents, as it did for most of the past six years. “I think since 2007 we knew this year was coming,” said Grousbeck, whose team is 22-43 entering Friday night’s home game against the Phoenix Suns. “We didn’t know when it would be, probably thought it would be before 2014. The fact that Brad is here and Danny is at the top of his game makes it easier for me as CEO to get through this year because I think we have the pieces in place for our next run as a contender. We have our coach, our GM, a bunch of young kids and a bunch of draft picks, so I feel like we’re better off. Boston Globe

The Celtics are 12th in the NBA in average attendance at a little more than 18,000 per game, filling 96.7 percent of TD Garden. The fan base has been subjected to some painful moments this season, but Grousbeck is thrilled by the loyalty. “We have all been spoiled by the great run of success that all Boston teams have had and I’m really appreciative of the fans for hanging in there with us and for finding things to cheer about,” he said. “Playing hard for a new coach, watching rookies develop, welcome back Paul and KG. We’re finding things to cheer about this year that aren’t necessarily wins. And that shows the devotion of the Boston fan.” Boston Globe

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Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was also on the panel and he and Grousbeck engaged in a rather interesting back-and-forth. It began with a reference to NBA commissioner Adam Silver being asked earlier in the conference about the New York Knicks not paying property tax on Madison Square Garden. Grousbeck was asked what he thought of that question, and he gave a politically correct response: “I guess I would say whatever Adam said was correct.” Ranadive leaned over and said to Grousbeck, “He said that you guys were tanking.” Grousbeck laughed, then shot back, “And what are you doing?” Boston Globe

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