Celtics news: Boston co-owner Wyc Grousbeck justifies trading for Kyrie Irving
For those who were left stunned and dazed at Tuesday’s trade that went down between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, allow Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck to make a proverbial snapping of the finger to get you out of a catatonic state.
“We got bounced pretty hard last year in the playoffs, and then those guys (the Cavs) got bounced pretty hard after that,” Grousbeck told reporters at a “topping off ceremony” at the Celtics’ new training facility in Brighton, Mass. “So, we didn’t feel we were at the top. We didn’t feel we were where we wanted to be, so that’s what you do when you run a team, you do what you have to do to try to get better.”
The Celtics gave up quite a lot just to get Irving to come to Beantown. To coax Cleveland into letting go of Irving, the Celtics had to package together All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, do-it-all forward Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets’ unprotected 2018 first-round pick.
While some would say the Celtics surrendered too much in the trade, Grousbeck and his front office team felt that drastic changes have to be made if Boston intends to unseat Cleveland in the Eastern Conference and eventually win an NBA championship.
In any case, the Celtics are going all-in in their quest to win the franchise’s first title since 2008.