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Wyc Grousbeck: Kyrie Irving ‘a transcendent player’

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When it comes to winning, all NBA teams try to straddle that fine line between racking up victories in the present with nurturing success for the future.

Achieving both was among the many reasons why the Boston Celtics pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal Tuesday night to acquire Kyrie Irving from Cleveland in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the rights to an unprotected 2018 first-round pick from Brooklyn.

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck spoke about the trade on Wednesday at a Topping Off Ceremony for the Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters.

“He’s a transcendent player,” Grousbeck told reporters, referring to Irving. “We are excited to put him together with Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Marcus Smart.”

Grousbeck didn’t hesitate to make it absolutely clear why the trade was made.

“We want this team to go for Banner 18,” he said. “We need to get the best possible players. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Source: A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England

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2018 NBA Draft Diary

Report: Charlotte Hornets Trading Dwight Howard

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The Charlotte Hornets are preparing a deal to send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov.

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Sources: Kawhi Leonard ‘irate’ with Spurs

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich traveled Tuesday to Southern California and met with Kawhi Leonard prior to Thursday’s NBA draft, league sources told ESPN.

Leonard had told confidants that he did not want to sit down with Popovich and has been purposely difficult for the Spurs to reach recently. Among the issues, Leonard is angry over what he believes was the Spurs’ mishandling of his quad injury, and he remains irate with public comments from teammate Tony Parker and Popovich that he felt were not supportive of him, league sources said.

So far, the Spurs have been largely reluctant to give teams guidance on the players, or packages, that would interest them in trades, sources said.

Sources: Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN

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Sources: 76ers Interested in Moving into Top 5

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As Jeremy alludes to, the Sixers are indeed continuing calls about moving into the Top 5. They have offered packages of picks, but have thus far rebuked including oft-mentioned Robert Covington and Dario Saric, per sources.

Source: Jake Fischer on Twitter

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