Celtics Notes: Free Agents, Bass, Stiemsma

The Celtics have a chance to clinch the Atlantic Division and secure at least the fourth seed in the East tonight. As Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com outlines, a Celtics win in New York and a 76ers loss to Indiana would lock up the Atlantic for Boston. As the Celtics prepare for tonight's matchup with the Knicks, let's check in on a few Tuesday morning C's notes….

  • Wyc Grousbeck, one of the managing partners of the Celtics, is looking to the post-Big-Three era in Boston with a mix of eagerness and patience, writes Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
  • Said Grousbeck: "I’m excited about the summer. I’m excited about next summer, too. I’m excited about the Celtics really. I think we’ve got a lot of possibilities in our future. Danny [Ainge] said to me that he’s been in front offices for something like 13 years — coach, general manager — and he’s never had cap space once. And I think that’s an angle that’s interesting. I said, 'Maybe you should try it.'"
  • Grousbeck added that he and the Celtics are "not ruling anything out" when it comes to the pursuit of marquee free agents.
  • Brandon Bass has a $4.25MM player option for next season, but hasn't made a decision on it yet, as he tells Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe: "I want to be here a long time playing alongside [Rajon] Rondo, [but] to be honest, I am not that type of guy to even be thinking about things like [the option] because I just try to get better every day."
  • In an ESPN Boston piece, Chris Forsberg takes a look at Greg Stiemsma's defensive improvements this season.

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