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‘We’re not done,’ Celtics owner says

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The NBA Draft has come and gone, and the fireworks that Celtics fans were hoping for never materialized. No major trades were made, leaving the Celtics to make six selections.

Management certainly seemed pleased with the results, though fans were less enthused. Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck heard groans when he announced the Celtics’ first pick (Cal’s Jaylen Brown, at No. 3 overall) at TD Garden.

“We’re not done,” Grousbeck said in an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub Thursday night. “What happens next week? We have room for two max guys. The thinking and trying to improve the team starts next week in free agency.

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“We’ll see if we can get anyone to come, and we’re going to work hard on that.”

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge echoed those sentiments Friday on the Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” show, saying that the organization is far from finished building for next season.

“No. Absolutely not,” said Ainge. “We haven’t even begun free agency. The summertime is when most deals and most things are done to build your roster. We have a lot of cap flexibility, so we’re certainly not done.”

The free agency period begins July 1, and all eyes will be on Kevin Durant. Dwyane Wade also is available, and Dirk Nowitzki exercised his option to become a free agent. Other names on the market include DeMar DeRozan, Al Horford, and Dwight Howard.

As Grousbeck alluded to, the Celtics have the cap space to go after two max-contract free agents. But neither he nor Ainge elaborated on the plans; under league tampering rules, they would not be allowed to do so before the free agency period begins.

Once again, fans will be asked to be patient.


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