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Grousbeck On Celtics, Offseason, Rivers, Pierce

According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck called in on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston to speak on what he deems is an uncertain offseason: "I don’t know what will happen, I’ll know more about the plan in early July. At the moment, we just have to see what the options are."  You can find a roundup of Grousbeck's notable comments below.

His thoughts on the current roster:

"We don’t feel like we have a championship team [at the moment]; It’s pretty obvious, we lost in the first round…We have to see who is with us, we have to see what offers there are for people, we’ve got to decide what to do. It might be a multi-year plan. We’ve never intentionally lost games and we don’t intend to trash things now. We've got players — (Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger), Brandon Bass, the younger guys are not going to let us win the lottery anyway. That’s a good roster. We hope that Paul [Pierce] and [Kevin Garnett] are back with them and we hope we can reload along the way. 

On possible changes and when they'll be made: 

"By the end of June, we’ll have different options to go in with this team…Keeping it all together just as it was is one option, but we lost in the first round, so there is an obvious possibility that we ought to start making some changes. And we’re going to have to make those decisions. They won’t be made in May." 

His thoughts on Doc Rivers, who he expects to be a big part of the draft process and free agency: 

"Our indications are that Doc’s coming back…I expect Doc is going to help Danny with the draft workouts, I expect he’s going to be in the war room on June 27th when all the drafts and trades — if any — are made. And then over the free-agency period, a week or two after that. So between now and July 15th, there’s a lot of work to do to put the team together for next year. And I expect Doc’s going to be there for that." 

More on Rivers: 

"I haven’t spoken to Doc, but I don’t typically talk to Doc at this time. I spoke with him right after the last game and thanked him for what he had done, and it was a great talk. He’s been in touch with our team president [Rich Gotham] — maybe it was an e-mail, maybe it was a phone call, I’m not sure which, but he made some suggestions for how the locker room could be reconfigured for next year, because there’s going to be a little construction over the summer.

Grousbeck added that his comments don't necessarily mean that Rivers is obligated to come back or that the 51-year-old coach has told him personally that he will return, though he pointed to Doc's strong relationship with GM Danny Ainge and some time off to decompress would be enough to imagine that he'd continue working with the Celtics.  

On Paul Pierce and the idea of keeping the core together: 

"I want to retire Paul’s number, but I don’t want to do it any time soon because I want him to keep playing for us, to be honest…I want KG back. I want Doc back. I’d love to have Rondo back. I just want to get them more help, that’s my going-in assumption."

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