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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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Sources: NBA Updates Salary Cap Projections for Future Seasons

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Sources: The NBA has informed its teams of updated projected salary cap and tax level for 2019-20 ($109M, $132M) and 2020-21 ($118M, $143M).

Sources: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Free agent guard Jarrett Jack has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, per league sources.

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The San Antonio Spurs hired television analyst and 14-year NBA veteran Brent Barry to their front office, naming him vice president of basketball operations Monday.

Barry, who won titles in 2005 and 2007 with the Spurs, has been considering a move into an NBA front-office role for several years.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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