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Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck says Andrew Wiggins will play for Boston next year

Mar 13, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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Underrated moment at the the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference: Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck and Kings owner Vivek Ranadive were on a panel together, and Ranadive basically accused Boston of tanking.

“And what are you doing?” Grousbeck jabbed back.

Tanking doesn’t exist (says Adam Silver), but if it did (it does), Grousbeck is having a lot of fun with it.

I really hope the Celtics land a top-three pick and select Wiggins now. I don’t believe the lottery conspiracy theories, but I sure enjoy them, and this would only fuel them.

Who cares whether Grousbeck was joking? (He was.) It’s much more fun to assume this is all part of some illuminati plot to place Wiggins in Boston.

  1. chiadam - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Parker is better.

    • ryanrockzzz - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      at offense, maybe.

  2. aboogy123456 - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Celtics are clearly tanking, and it’s frustrating as a lakers fan because I want the lakers to lose but they are playing with too much heart. I hope this tanking backfires on the celtics…again.

    • sawick48 - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      this……..this makes 0 sense.

      the Cs are tanking? clearly? by playing a pg they found off the scrap heap that the wizards had no use for? or by having a starting lineup consisting of every veteran on their roster? or are they the ones w the lame duck coach who has a team that has actively given up on him?

      again. no sense.

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        The Lakers aren’t tanking, we just suck. Kendall Marshall is looking pretty good btw, it looks like the Wizards made a bad choice there, he could have been the backup PG they were looking for when they had to go out and get Andre Miller.

    • bucrightoff - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      It’s not tanking remember, Adam Silver calls it “rebuilding”

    • pharohislife - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      The Celtics are not tanking, if you don’t follow the team don’t try to make an analysis on it cause you might just end up looking foolish.

      Why else would they be playing Rajon Rondo, if you watched any of the games you would see that the Celtics are usually in close games and fighting hard in the 4th. Tight games with the Pacers, Warriors, Nets etc. They are not intentionally tanking they’re just going to lose naturally because they don’t have enough to out execute other teams at the end of the game.

  3. thenewyorker718 - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    The Celtics are not purposely tanking -_- They had to make a decision by trading Pierce & KG freeing up a lot of cap room . They have stacked up on draft picks . They got a new young promising head coach . They have made all the correct moves when you are rebuilding , this is something the Lakers should have done this year too to prepare for after Kobe . The Celtics will have a healthy Rondo , hopefully an emerging Green & Sullinger , then if you add Wiggins in that mix it’s a contender for a 7th or 8th seed next year . Danny Ainge doesn’t get the credit be deserves . He brought ‘the big 3’ era upon the nba cus that’s how every GM tries to build their team around .

  4. jcmeyer10 - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    How Lose Your Leverage For Trades in Less Than One Minute.

  5. fnc111 - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Name a good Duke player in the league right now. Quick. Times up.

    • 2016olympics - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      Kyrie Irving?

      • sasquash20 - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        what has he won?

    • bougin89 - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Luol Deng?

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 13, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      Carlos Boozer is solid, even if he’s not worth what he’s being paid. Shane Battier is good, JJ Redick is good, Elton Brand was good once upon a time, Gerald Henderson is decent, Mike Dunleavey is decent, and Kyrie and Deng as previously mentioned.

    • philadelphiafan - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Elton Brand?

    • deavn - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Your mom?

  6. kingperk123 - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Parker is better than Wiggins. In every area. He is more. NBA ready than Wiggins

    • aboogy123456 - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      I would take embiid, wiggins, and exum over parker right now. Those guys have the chance to be elite on both ends of the floor. Wiggins will be a star.

      • beagle11 - Mar 13, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        How many times have you seen Exum play?

    • sasquash20 - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      not on defense

  7. kb2408 - Mar 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    As long as the LAKERS are top 3-4, tank on!!

  8. mungman69 - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    What teams aren’t trying? Which ones aren’t hustling? Every team I watch seems to be trying to win. What would players on bad teams gain by tanking? They would gain nothing, you know. No players are tanking. Get a life.

  9. csbanter - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    It took John Wall a few years to find his NBA game, figure Wiggins will follow same path. Last time Celtics tanked 1997 they ended up with Billups instead of Duncan the rest is history.

    • sixerstrong - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      And then promptly jettisoned Billups after 50 games. I don’t know how you guys ever recovered from the Ricky P. years.

  10. 00maltliquor - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Hey BOS, hands off our Wiggy!

  11. sumkat - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Unless they are winning the lottery, they aren’t getting Wiggins. The Sixers are taking Wiggins if he’s there, even if they get the 1st pick. He plays a position that the sixers haven’t been able to fill since AI left with a above average player. They will then look for the best F they can find with the Pelicans pick

    I think right now, those guys are 5/6 (from the bottom) of the standings. But I could see either team winning a few games and winding up 9-11 ish. Either way, I don’t think either can lose enough to catch the Bucks/Sixers/Magic, so best case, without a lottery, they will get either Parker or Exum, which is amazing for that slot in most drafts. I do think both teams are taking, but I think the C’s weren’t sure if there were going to until too late, and in a horrible conference, they fell “behind”. The Lakers didn’t fully go into tank mode until it was too late, luckily for them, they are in the better conference so have found it easy to rack up L’s even before they gave up

  12. sumkat - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Tanking is overrated either way. The 3 biggest “tanking” teams? Bucks/Sixers/Magic.

    The Bucks were “hoping” to be a playoff team. Sanders and a few other young guys stepping up, a few FA signings, they hoped to be better. It has turned out terrible. But going into the season, most people thought they’d be fighting for a playoff spot. In a conference where getting the 6-8 seed doesn’t mean much, but still fighting for it.

    The Sixers, up until the deadline, had the exact same roster this season as they did last year, except swapping MCW (ROY candidate) for Holiday. They are “tanking” they are just bad. This is one of the 2 possible results on the Bynum trade. 1 was he would show up, and want to play, and they could build around him in the East. 2 was this. He didn’t, and they are awful. To be honest, having 2 picks in THIS draft, I think they are ahead of schedule for this outcome. There are plenty of if/buts to get there, but there is HOPE this team could be good 2-3 years from now. Considering they got nothing out of/from/for Bynum, it could be worse

    The Magic, everyone knew would be bad for a few years when they held on to Howard until his value was low and moved him at a quarter on the dollar. They are a young team that needs a few years to build. Now that what everyone knew was going to happen, has happened, they are tanking?

    I’m not saying it doesn’t happen. Clearly the sixers threw in the towel when they traded Turner and Hawes for a bunch of #2’s (although they weren’t much better with them). Clearly there are other teams doing it. But it happens every year. When you have a league that, by design, is dominated by individuals, you can’t be surprised when teams that are clearly bad decide to try to get a player that can dominate as an individual. The best place to do that? The top of the draft board

  13. 3superman3 - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Dude nobody is reading that article u just wrote

  14. sasquash20 - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    The Sixers needed to tank. They were stuck in no mans land to long and were making bad move after bad move.

  15. pukpokito - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Andrew Wiggins would be perfect for the Boston Celtics.The Celtics will draft a special player and it will be a unique situation….Meaning they have not(can’t remember the last)drafted #1 and have not had a player like Wiggins available to them to be drafted. The Celtics will take care of Wiggins and hopefully he breaks out correctly from his potential.Celtics is all ablut Winning championships.Even the Lakers and their fans know about that so no question.

    No questions here on the talent of Parker.

    The difference is Parker may be a power forward in a small forward’s height(6’8″).
    While also at 6’8″ Wiggins is a shooting guard who may swing to the small forward someday.In the pros that can matter.

    Flaw of Wiggins is some question his motor.As long as he is durable and have the desire to be a great player, the motor problem can be solved.

    I do hope that the Celtics finally get that #1 pick.They have been very deliberate in trying to rebuild the team from scratch like a farm system in baseball.Hopefully they can be rewarded by the basketball gods.

  16. pukpokito - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I hope the sixers and the bucks losses the lottery and end up picking 4 & 5. I mean tanking works but come on. the least they can do is play and TRY to win games with some effort.Always felt that it is always best to find a way to shine if given a chance even on a bad situation.Those teams can surely be accused of tanking.

  17. sixerstrong - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    “Not so fast, Wyc…”

    – Sam Hinkie

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