Wyc Grousbeck Rumors
“Really with Boston and Miami, I think both of those owners do an unbelievable job,” an NBA agent said. “They have two people in Danny Ainge and Pat Riley who are two of the most respected executives ever but they let them do that. They never interfere … I think that speaks to just structure and an ownership group that is willing to listen to the people they hire and they trust. You see it all the time.”
Q. Kemba Walker is going to miss the start of the season after receiving a stem-cell injection in his knee. What’s your concern level about his situation? Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck: Kemba got multiple opinions, and nobody said to get surgery. So any time you’re not getting surgery, it’s hard to get too worried. So that’s my answer. Kemba will be back.
Q. What was your reaction to Gordon Hayward choosing to leave Boston and sign with Charlotte? Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck: He had a lot of tough luck when he was here. When he was healthy, he was a really good player. Nobody worked harder than Gordon. That guy really did a good job for us, as best he could given the injuries. We wish him the best. He found a setting where they were willing to feature him at the very top of the team, with the finances that went along with that. We’re happy for him.
Q. It was such a big moment for the organization when you signed him. You can’t help but feel like it was an incomplete tenure here, through no fault of his own. Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck: Yeah, it’s no fault of his. He was playing hard when he got hurt. But we made him a truly massive offer and really stretched for Gordon and asked him to stay, and he ended up taking a truly massive offer and going somewhere else. But we have nothing but appreciation for his three years and I wish him the best.
Q. Jayson Tatum signed a five-year, max extension last month. What does it mean to you to know a foundational piece will be in Boston long term? Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck: That’s just a key building block for our team. He’s a great person and a great player. He’s young, he’s got years of potential, and it means everything that he wants to be here and spend his whole career here. And we feel the same way and we love the guy. I take everything about the Celtics personally, because I put myself into it 24/7. But when someone says, ‘I want to be here. I like what’s going on. I think we can win here and I want to win a championship here,’ that’s the kind of bond we want to feel with our players.