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Chuck - Red's Army July 20, 2014 Celtics News 7 Comments

WEEI caught up with Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck at Fenway Park:

“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.”

Without saying as much, Grousbeck vaguely referenced the Kevin Love sweepstakes. As rumors link Love’s future with the Cavaliers, the C’s 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.”

Don’t worry, Wyc. We can appreciate an owner who thinks big. The last thing we want is for the Celtics to make a deal (say for Josh Smith), just to make a splash.

As I write this blog, 47% of our readers (along with myself) give Danny Ainge a B grade for the draft and off-season moves. Vote in the poll in the right sidebar.

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  • Lee in Oregon

    So far this off-season is not overly exciting. DA gets a B because he drafted well (his strength), and did OK setting Cleveland up for the rest of this decade. But yeah, going from ‘Kevin Love sweepstakes’ to ‘Johnson & Babb BOTH have a shot at the roster’ is less than promising. As the FA money dries up, maybe DA can make a decent addition to this roster. Go C’s!

  • Mike C

    When the “Highlight” of our offseason is our ‘Coach’, that Says it ALL! The sad part IS that I Totally Agree! Everyone get ready for 2015 season,…”Tankathon 2″ the Sequel!

  • KWAPT

    Sad thing is, people will still be wanting the team to lose this coming season after all we just witnessed. C’s have never had good fortune in the draft lottery & never will.

  • Coach A. Johnson

    With Rondo being our best player, we must remember that he hasn’t spent too much time with the supporting cast, which has thrown a lot of guys into unfamiliar roles. Some guys are trying to be scorers, when they should be defenders. Some are shooting too many jumpshots instead of driving to the basket. Some are playing defense too aggresively to prove they can play defense. The games played together are what I look at. Right now there isn’t a whole lot of familiarity/cohesion on this team.
    Rondo/Bradley, Rondo/Green, Rondo/Sully, Rondo/Olynyk, Green/Sully, Sully/Olynyk
    These distinct combinations haven’t had time to run their course. Every combination has less than a full season in regards to minutes played together. Then add in the fact that its all under new leadership in Coach Stevens. I say with no more changes we could see something good, with the real depth that we now possess. Smart bring better depth than Bayless. KO and Sully will be better as the refs get off their cases a bit. I still see KO playing more center right now despite his limitations, especially if Bass can not be moved. Rondo/Smart-Bradley/Thornton-Green/Wallace-Sullinger/Bass-Zeller/Olynyk. Play better team defense and that’s not that bad of a squad.

  • jason benn

    Just to make a splash you hope smith doesn’t get signed. First problem is we will never sign him as he has three years on the current contract so change that to trade for j smoove. Second of all pretty sure josh smith is a major upgrade at our power forward position. More athletic and better defensively then his main competition at the position in sully. Everybody and his mother complains about his attitude, didn’t people complain of pierces early on, of marburys? Of robinsons? Of west?!?! We are the celtics, the most winning franchise I. The history of the nba, besides the fact him and rondo have grown up together, you bring any player to the celtics and we got that attitude problem resolved immediately due to current players, coach, and staff. We drafted smart if attitude was a concern for layers we wouldn’t of done it. I wanna see smith on the team who else is gonna take and crap players and cap space?!

  • CallingBatman

    I gave a C which means I’m perhaps too a hard grader. My assumption is given the circumstances, an average GM would’ve not rolled the dice on leveraging assets (I’m not deducting points for Minny who didn’t want to deal, but other deals were potentially available) and picked Smart and perhaps Young (time will tell on that one, the neck injury makes it tough to call vs. someone else at that spot) and parlayed the trade exception into something good but not spectacular.
    OK, make it a C+.

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