Celtics’ Wyc Grousbeck on Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas blockbuster trade: ‘We didn’t feel we were at the top’
Tuesday night was one of the biggest night’s in recent memory for the Celtics, as they traded Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ 2018 unprotected first-round pick to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving, a 25-year-old, four-time all-star.
Speaking Wednesday, at a ceremony for the Celtics’ new training facility, the Red Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters in Brighton, co-owner Wyc Grousbeck detailed the reason for the blockbuster trade.
“We got bounced pretty hard last year in the playoffs, and then those guys got bounced pretty hard after that,” Grousbeck told reporters. “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.”
Added Grousbeck: “We are really excited about the trade, although it’s bittersweet to let somebody go like IT, let somebody go like Jae. Kyrie is a transcendent talent, and we are excited to put him together with Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Marcus Smart, we want this team to go for banner 18 and we need to get the best possible players to do that, and that’s what we are trying to do.”
He did not however say whether or not the Celtics can now challenge the defending Eastern Conference champions.
“I am not going to make any predictions about that, I think we are in a good positions to present Celtic pride well,” he said. “We have a good, up-and-coming team, a strong team, a young team, with more youth on the way. So we want to be good for a sustained period of time and it starts now.”
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