After the off-season the Celtics weren’t expecting to happen, team owner Wyc Grousbeck said they hoped to try to make bigger moves this offseason, according to WEEI 93.7.
“We had definitely hoped to try to make bigger moves this offseason, to be honest,” he said. “Having said that, it takes two partners to make a trade, so we focused on longterm trying to build the club. We think we’re a better team now — positioned for the future, some new young talent and even more draft picks — but it’s been a patient summer so far, and I’m not always the most patient guy.”
The off-season for the Celtics isn’t over yet and the Celtics will always explore more options up until the trade deadline. The Celtics weren’t quiet as people seem them out to be: they re-signed Avery Bradley, traded for Tyler Zeller and Marcus Thornton and made a couple of moves earlier in the season to bring former Celtic guard Jerryd Bayless in and center Joel Anthony.
Without saying too much, Grousbeck talked about the Kevin Love sweepstakes. As rumors link Love’s future with the Cavaliers making a strong run for him, the Celtics owner preferred instead to focus on his biggest positive of this summer: Brad Stevens.
“I don’t want to talk about anybody else’s player, but I would say this is Brad Stevens‘ first offseason,” added Grousbeck. “Actually, when I think about the offseason, I think about Brad evaluating our players and working with [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] to evaluate the college talent, and it’s actually meshed really well. They were very much in synch on draft night, so that’s a positive for me. Brad is so excited to be here and to be building this thing. He’s impatient as well, but his work ethic is extraordinary.”
For the Celtics to pull of a lottery team to a championship team stunt as they did in 2008 it is going to be nearly impossible at this time. They can’t sign any big names right now as they’re over the cap and the only way to lure in a partner for Rajon Rondo would be in a trade which the Celtics still have up until the trade deadline to do so. It isn’t over yet, and there is still that chance Kevin Love may end up in a Celtics uniform.