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Wyc Grousbeck 'honored' Kyrie Irving wants to re-sign with Celtics next summer

Wyc Grousbeck 'honored' Kyrie Irving wants to re-sign with Celtics next summer

BOSTON – There were a number of folks within the Celtics organization that Kyrie Irving had left hints for that he would announce his plans to come back on the night of the team’s open practice last week.

But Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck wasn’t one of them.

“I thought that was super cool. If I had known (Irving would announce it that night) I would have been there,” said a chuckling Grousbeck, at the Celtics annual Shamrock Foundation Tip-Off Gala presented by New England Baptist Hospital.

Nevertheless, Grousbeck is thrilled with Irving’s intent being to re-sign with Boston this summer in what’s likely to be a five-year deal worth $189 million.

“He is a true Celtic and a great person,” Grousbeck said. “I’m honored that he will plan on considering us next summer. I couldn’t be happier with how the relationship stands.”

Irving, acquired by Boston from Cleveland in a blockbuster deal prior to the start of last season, is a key factor in Boston’s quest to get back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.

A five-time All-Star, the 26-year-old Irving was already ranked among the top point guards in the NBA prior to coming to Boston.

But in his lone season with the Green Team, Irving did more than just lead the team in scoring.

He asserted himself as the team’s leader, something that wasn’t the case during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers after LeBron James returned for a second tour of duty.

In Boston, Irving’s position as the team’s leader isn’t in question even with veterans like Al Horford and Gordon Hayward around.

Grousbeck may not have known when Irving would make his announcement, but it was clear weeks ago that he was feeling good about Boston’s chances of developing the kind of basketball culture that would be enticing to Irving to sign on long-term.

In an interview with 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show last month, Grousbeck showed no signs of concern when it came to discussing Irving’s future beyond this upcoming season.

“I’m just not too worried about Kyrie,” Grousbeck said at the time. “I think he’s going to see what we have and he’s going to be part of leading it and building it. And if you lead something and build something in Boston, that’s a legacy. And that could end up in the rafters (with a retired jersey number), OK. And you really can’t say that anywhere else.”

 Indeed, Irving has said on more than one occasion that part of the allure of being a Boston Celtic, is the possibility that someday his number 11 jersey would hang high atop the rafters along with the franchise’s other luminaries who are regarded as some of the best to ever play in the NBA.

And for Boston to be in the driver’s seat in having a player with that kind of potential who has pledged his desire to stay here long term … that’s exactly what you want to hear if you are a team owner like Grousbeck.

And in a season with lots of expectations on a level this franchise has never had under sixth-year coach Brad Stevens, clarity on Irving’s long-term future can only benefit this team.

“This is an important one for us when you have a player of Kyrie’s caliber and character,” Grousbeck said. “You’ll love to know that he’ll consider you in the future and message received, gladly received and gratefully received. It takes two. You want to be there for him. I think he wants to be there for us. That’s the secret to success; people who feel that way, thinking about the other person and not just yourself. I’m very happy.”

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Celtics-Pacers simulation: Can Kemba Walker, C's keep up their hot streak?

Celtics-Pacers simulation: Can Kemba Walker, C's keep up their hot streak?

The NBA season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we have to wait a while to watch the Boston Celtics again.

As a way to make up for the loss of Celtics action, we'll be using the NBA 2K20 video game to simulate each game on the schedule until they finally return.

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The Celtics were supposed to take on the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Here's how our simulation of that game went:

CELTICS STATS

Kemba Walker (28 points) and Gordon Hayward (19 points) carried the load offensively in what ended up being one of the lowest-scoring games for the Celtics in their past few simulations, which just goes to show how on fire they've been. They shined on the defensive end, tallying eight total steals and eight blocks.

With the game pretty much in hand, the C's second unit played for the entire fourth quarter. Rookie Romeo Langford was solid in his 12 minutes, contributing nine points, a steal, and an assist.

PACERS STATS

This was a disastrous offensive performance by the Pacers as they were unable to get any semblance of momentum throughout the contest. Malcolm Brogdon struggled from the field but was able to get nine of his 17 points from the free-throw line. Domontas Sabonis was the only real bright spot as he shot 7-for-10 from the field for 16 points while bringing down nine rebounds.

TEAM STATS

All you need to do is look at the field goal percentages and 3-point percentages (ZERO for Indiana!) to figure out what happened here. Boston dominated in pretty much every other major category too, despite possessing the ball for nine minutes less than the Pacers.

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 101, Pacers 77

Four games remain in the NBA 2K Celtics' regular-season schedule as they ride a 12-game win streak into their matchup vs. the Orlando Magic. Can they extend the streak to 13? Check back Friday to find out.

Celtics Talk Podcast: Mike Gorman debates the best trades in C's history

Celtics Talk Podcast: Mike Gorman debates the best trades in C's history

With no Boston Celtics basketball on the docket for a while due to the coronavirus pandemic, there's no better time to reminisce on some of the greatest moves in the team's history.

NBC Sports Boston's longtime Celtics play-by-play voice Mike Gorman joined the latest Celtics Talk Podcast to discuss the best trades the organization has made. Of course, the ones for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen that formed the "Big Three" immediately come to mind. But to Gorman, the best deal in franchise history is a no-brainer.

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Gorman's No. 1 Celtics trade ever is the one that brought the great Bill Russell to Boston.

When Red [Auerbach] got Russell -- I mean, when you pull off a trade where you get three Hall of Famers in the first round of the draft, 'cause K.C. Jones was on the tail end of that and nobody talks about him. Tommy [Heinsohn] was the rookie of the year. And you get Bill Russell, who goes on to win 11 championships and is MVP five times.

That's got to be the best trade ever for Ed Macauley who was a good player but certainly not a great player. And Cliff Hagan who was a good player but not a great player. Neither one of those guys was going to do anything anywhere near what Bill Russell did to the Celtics. I think the Russell trade has to be the best trade maybe in the history of sports.

The runner-up? That would be the deal 40 years ago that landed Hall of Famers Robert Parish and Kevin McHale.

Again, it was a situation where Red traded and ended up with two Hall of Famers and gave up Joe Barry Carroll whose whole career was a massive disappointment. You would have thought that no one would deal with Red again [after the Russell trade] ... But yeah, to get Kevin McHale and Robert Parish in a draft, and both of them end up going to the Hall of Fame, and you gave up a guy again who had a marginal career ... 

Gorman also discussed what he's been up to in quarantine, as well as what the Celtics' ceiling is if/when the season resumes.

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