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.”
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