The Boston Celtics, armed with assets, hoped to make a major move this offseason and targeted Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love but now that the Timberwolves have agreed to trade him to the Cleveland Cavaliers, that dream is over. Instead, it appears the Celtics will try to develop their younger players and continue to collect assets.
Celtics’ owner’ Wyc Grousbeck believes the Celtics need superstars and thinks the Celtics are collecting to enough assets to eventually land those types of players.
“You gotta get the superstars, so you’ve got to build up the assets to get them and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Ainge has orchestrated the salary cap so the Celtics could potentially have more than $30 million coming off the books next summer, including the contract of Rajon Rondo.
“Well, I think that when we have Danny and [coach] Brad [Stevens] on the basketball side, thinking every day, literally 24/7 about how to improve this team,” Grousbeck said. “Whether it’s during the season, next summer or the season after, I’m very confident we’ll get better and I believe that. Those guys are fantastic basketball people. We’ve got a lot of assets. We’ve got a committed, a very committed ownership group, great team partners and it really starts with the fans coming back every year and renewing tickets.
Former Boston Celtics and current Charlotte Hornets’ big man Al Jefferson (the Celtics dealt him to acquire Kevin Garnett) can opt out of his contract and become a free agent while Portland Trail Blazers’ power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Memphis Grizzlies’ center Marc Gasol will also be free agents.