QUINCY, MA -- Rob Gronkowski stepped away from Joe Andruzzi's charity golf event Monday to talk with reporters for a moment. The hot topics for New England's top tight end were unsurprising: his health and his contract. Of the surgically-repaired ankle, Gronkowski said only that it's feeling "great." But his new six-year, 54 million deal? That warranted, and received, something more. "I'm just happy. Both sides are really happy," he said. "I love all my fans out there. It's a great community, a great team. It's awesome going out there every single Sunday in front of that crowd. I'm happy to be here long-term, definitely. It all worked out well." Sounds like the 23-year old is growing up. Well, kind of. When asked if he's yet made any extravagant purchases, Gronkowski responded as only he could: "No. You want to buy me something?"
The Celtics' history of success in the free-agent market is spotty . . . at best. But with money to spend and a team on the rise, will things be different this year?