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Mark Murphy had a chance to interview Celtics managing partners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca and they managed to conclude the interview without saying much about anything. We do get the feeling that they have absolute trust in Danny Ainge and his ability to make the right moves for the franchise.
Whether Pierce and Garnett return, both men feel that the core of this team is now made up of the young guys who are set to come into their own as leaders of the team. Wyc mentioned Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, and Avery Bradley. These 4 players have to take the reins and become the leaders both on and off the court.
Somewhat revealing are the answers to the questions about Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and their future with the team. When asked about Pierce's return, they talked about Danny's process of evaluating the team and looking at where the whole roster is.
PAGLIUCA: Danny is evaluating that right now. Pierce is still a very good player. But Danny is looking at where the whole roster is, and that process in mid-June.
GROUSBECK: He’s never made a habit of talking about roster moves while they are in question or before they happen. We’ll figure it out when it happens.
But when asked about KG, they talk about wanting him back and it being his decision either way.
GROUSBECK: I will say that we would love to have Kevin back. It’s his decision either way. I think he’ll miss it once he leaves the game, as we all will. We’d just love to see him back.
Reading between the lines you could get the feeling that Danny is indeed working to move Pierce in one way or another and that they are waiting on KG's decision and want him back on the team either way. It all seems rather cryptic in the way they are wording their responses. Wyc has always been a big Paul Pierce supporter and the fact that he didn't say that he really wants him back may speak louder than what he did say.
They are equally as vague when discussing Doc's status. I still feel that Doc is coming back. He's there and evaluating draft workouts. He's talking to Danny every day. Danny says he's coming back. But the continued reluctance for anyone else, including Doc, to come out and say Doc is returning is making everyone kind of crazy and Steve and Wyc don't shed any more light on the subject with this answer.
We’ll let Doc and Danny keep to their private conversations, which are frequent. We’re not here to speak for Doc. Danny has said (Doc is) coming back, and we’re going to leave it at that.
They both expressed their support for Rajon Rondo and expect him to be with the team for a long time but they stopped short of making that commitment in the interview. They also cited the injuries to Rondo, Sullinger and Barbosa as factors in last season's first round exit.
They feel that this is Danny's kind of draft, one where there aren't superstars, but there are solid players to be had throughout the draft.
GROUSBECK: That’s it, and when you look at how we won in 2008, it was through Danny’s drafting and Doc’s coaching of those players, and us being patient. Danny didn’t draft superstars at the time. He was drafting in spot 15, spot 21, spot 27, spot 32, and he eventually built the team that way because he was eventually able to trade guys who became quality players. I’m glad he’s our GM in this situation, with middle-ranked players. It’s a huge competitive advantage for us.
They admit that working around the cap will be tough because they tried to load the roster last season around the veteran stars for one more big run that didn't work out. They expressed a willingness to spend whatever it takes to be competitive but that the new CBA is restrictive and will make it more difficult. They also declined to speak on Terrence Williams' legal problems but said that Danny is on top of it and following the investigation.
Like I said at the beginning, they didn't say a whole lot and really, nothing new, but if you read between the lines a bit you might get a couple of tidbits. Danny may be shopping Pierce and they may be waiting on KG's decision. They are leaving Doc's situation with Danny's assurances that Doc is returning. The fact that there aren't rumors about the Celtics talking to other coaches tells me that they are indeed expecting him back. The fact that Williams is still a Celtic also tells me that there may be some truth to TWill's side of the story and they are waiting for it all to come out. Not much, but it fills in slow news days until the draft.
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