Danny Ainge and Wyc Grousbeck described this summer with "fireworks" in mind. They cooled off from some of those remarks as the season moved on, but with the recent Kevin Love rumor. The "fireworks" have been placed, but just not lit. Baxter Holmes of the Globe had some great comments from the Celtics owner.
“Nothing has been discussed until we see the pick,” Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck told the Globe Monday night. “When we see what pick it is, the phones will start ringing and we’ll start answering the phones.”
Grousbeck also said he doesn’t expect the Celtics to live up to the deal they made the last time they were a lottery team.
Of course, that is the famous offseason deal the Celtics made in 2007 with Minnesota for another All-Star big man named Kevin — Kevin Garnett. The following season, the Celtics won the title.
“That KG deal might be once in a lifetime, but I think over the next four or five years, we will get back to being contenders, if not three years,” Grousbeck said. “I think we can get back there. I think this summer, one way or another, we’ll take positive steps, whether we just draft two players and continue to build, or whether we make a blockbuster deal.”
He added, “We’ve done it before. We’ve won a championship. The pressure, to some extent, is off, because we’ve done that.
“We know how to do that, and I have a lot of confidence that we’ll get back to that inner circle of contending teams, and then we’ll hope for luck to push us over the top.”
I have no doubt that the Celtics will contend again. Kevin Love would be a great step, although some fans still are a bit skeptical about Love. The Celtics have the most assets for Love, and they'll still have some if a deal does happen.