Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joined CSNNE's Bob Neumeier at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference to talk all things Celtics.
Being one of the owners of this team, it was ultimately Grousbeck's sign-off - among his fellow owners - that allowed the blockbuster Paul Pierce & Kevin Garnett trade to happen.
While it may have been hard to part with the Celtics superstars, they all knew that day would come.
"Well it's a team effort over at the Celtics, not just me making the decisions," Grousbeck said. "But Danny felt pretty strongly that this was an extraordinary offer and so heard him out and talked to my partners and thought it through. It was a short time window, but we had been prepared or the concept of getting something for these guys. And enabling them to play together on what looked like a great team at the beginning of the year, Brooklyn, wasn't a small part of it. For me, to give them if you will a soft landing, it's always about the Celtics, but those guys will be Celtics for life."
By making the trade, the Celtics essentially made themselves a bad team this season. The record shows that much, too.
"I had hoped for a better record than this, I know Brad Stevens had hoped for a better record for sure, because he's a guy that would light himself on fire to win even a quarter of the game much less the whole game," Grousbeck said. "So we're about winning around here. It's not happening for us this year, but we're going to take a long-term view."
There does look to be hope though. Rajon Rondo is back and playing like the healthy Rondo we saw in seasons past. But what does the future hold for him? Grousbeck was asked if he sees Rondo being on this team for a very long time.
"In a sense he already has been," Grousbeck said. "He's been here eight or nine years. I should get the number right, but it's one of those. I can't imagine the Celtics without him. It's challenging. There's a lot of interest in him. He's going to come up in a year on his free agency. So we're going to try to keep him. I hope it works out. If it doesn't work out we'll go to Plan B. But he's been great for us, he's got us a ring, and is now the captain of the team, and I love having him here."
Grousbeck wouldn't go into details on what type of contract the Celtics would offer Rondo before or during free agency, due to team policy.
Here are some other takeaways from the interview.
On Brad Stevens: "Now having Brad replace Doc, I wasn't sure I was ready for Doc to go, but it seemed to be time when it all shook out. Brad is, I can't think of a more fabulous coach and up-and-coming coach in the league. I think there's 30 teams one way or the other that our envious of our coach right now."
On Doc Rivers: "I'm not disappointed in Doc, because he has the right to do what he wants to do. I miss him. But now that Brad's here, 'Doc, if you're watching I don't miss you quite as much (laughs).'"
On big time free agents coming to Boston: "The more I hear about free agency in Boston and the more that I see all the money that's - the money in the league has doubled just even since I've been here. Everything's doubled and almost doubled again. There's tons of money. What these guys don't have is a ring. If we can get it to a place- we really attracted Kevin Garnett here with a chance to win a championship. You can say technically he wasn't a free agent, but really technically he was. He didn't have to come to Boston and he did. So in my opinion KG was a free agent who came to Boston and won a championship. And there are other guys out there that want to win rings, and if they want to win them, I think we have to be in the mix."
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