Friday, May 24th, 2013 at 10:15 am  |  12 responses

Boston Celtics Co-Owner Wants to Keep Core of Team Intact

After the Boston Celtics were booted out of the Playoffs, it seemed inevitable that major roster changes were on the horizon. Rumors swirled about Paul Pierce preparing to leave town, and no one knows what Kevin Garnett’s plans for the future are. For what it’s worth, Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck says he’d like to keep the Pierce-Garnett-Rajon Rondo core together, and just get them some much-needed help. Per 98.5 The Sports Hub, via ESPN: “We don’t feel like we have a championship team [at the moment]; It’s pretty obvious, we lost in the first round,’ said Grousbeck. ‘We have to see who is with us, we have to see what offers there are for people, we’ve got to decide what to do. It might be a multi-year plan. We’ve never intentionally lost games and we don’t intend to trash things now. We’ve got players — [Rajon] Rondo, [Avery] Bradley, [Jeff] Green, [Jared] Sullinger, Brandon Bass, the younger guys are not going to let us win the lottery anyway. That’s a good roster. We hope that Paul [Pierce] and [Kevin Garnett] are back with them and we hope we can reload along the way. I don’t know what will happen, I’ll know more about the plan in early July. At the moment, we just have to see what the options are.’ Grousbeck gave a bit of a behind-the-scenes glimpse, noting that management and the front-office staff huddled this week to gauge the direction of the team. He stressed that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will examine the trade and free-agent markets and that the team likely won’t make any firm decisions until late June when it knows all the potential options. [...] Grousbeck deferred to Ainge on questions about trades, but hinted late in the 15-minute interview that he wants to keep the core together, so long as there’s a way to supplement them beyond the return of Rondo and (Jared) Sullinger from injuries. ‘I want to retire Paul’s number, but I don’t want to do it any time soon because I want him to keep playing for us, to be honest,’ said Grousbeck. ‘I want KG back. I want Doc (Rivers) back. I’d love to have Rondo back. I just want to get them more help, that’s my going-in assumption.’”

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  • Caboose

    What core?

  • danpowers

    rondo, pierce, kg, bradley i guess. would have to read the text to tell you for sure

  • spit hot fiyah

    green is getting paid about 30 mil over the next three years, so he is part of the core

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  • Ugh

    “[Rajon] Rondo, [Avery] Bradley, [Jeff] Green, [Jared]
    Sullinger, Brandon Bass… that’s a good roster.”

    Yeah, that’s a good roster. If you’re the Kings, Raptors or Magic.

  • danpowers

    my bad

  • Stainless

    it was all good until you hated on the raptors…

  • ArealCelticfan

    It could work if they could find a way to get someone like Gortat – to do what the Celtcs haven’t been able to do which is rebound well. Granted Phoenix would want something nice in return. Personally, I’d try and move Bass, Terry and even Bradley in a deal for Gortat – if they are serious about keep the core of Rondo, Pierce, KG plus Green together for another year or so.

  • RKJ92

    Haters gonna hate man..

  • Ugh

    You’re right. The Raptors have a much better roster than that and their record shows it.

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  • Ugh

    Why would anyone trade for Bass, Terry and Bradley?