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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Celtics owner: Trade offers team received were ‘a collection of rip-off attempts’

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The Boston Celtics were engaged in a lot of trade discussions leading up to the NBA Draft, but nothing came of it – apparently because the offers they received were insulting.

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck came away very unimpressed with the offers the team received, which he said is why the team held on to most of their picks, including No. 3 overall.

“We did not sniff a trade today,” Grousbeck said, via Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio. “It was a collection of rip-off attempts and we laughed at them.”

The Celtics went into the draft with three first round picks and eight selections overall, and they made only one trade involving their second round choices.

“The trades that were offered to us made us hang up right away,” Grousbeck said. “We refused to be ripped off by anyone.

“People call us up, thinking they can rip us off because they think we’re in a hurry. So thanks, but no thanks. We were open for business, but we weren’t getting ripped off.”

The Celtics were one of the teams linked to Jimmy Butler, but obviously nothing came of it. They ended up with Jaylen Brown at No. 3, and they sound perfectly content with that.



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