BOSTON — Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck held court with the media after the Celtics selected Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart with the no. 6 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
There was plenty of speculation prior to the draft that the Celtics would try to move the lottery pick as part of a bigger trade package, but Grousbeck said a major deal was not in the cards for the time being.
“We wanted to stay at six or move up,” Grousbeck said. “We wanted to make trades in recent days, we have been on the phone quite a bit with other teams about other ideas. Nothing ever seemed close to fruition no matter how hard we tried.”
Despite the lack of a major move by the team Thursday night, Grousbeck indicated that it was not a sign the Celtics would be slowing down in their attempts to significantly improve the roster this summer.
“I remember trading for Kevin Garnett in 2007,” Grousbeck said. “I got a phone call about that from Minnesota on July 30th or 31st so trade season is not over yet.”
Grousbeck continued: “I always said fireworks was a possibility [this offseason]. It takes two [teams] to tango around here. There just hasn’t been too much [trade] movement tonight. Typically on draft night, we make at least two or three trades. That’s how we roll. It’s had great effect for us. We like to be aggressive about rebuilding this team and we like to try to become contenders again as quickly as possible. We will keep working the phones, but it takes two partners to make a trade.”