Owner: Celtics to hold on to top draft pick

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck is expected to keep his options open with the top pick.

Speaking in a video on CSN Northeast, Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck said the team will hang on to it’s top draft pick unless it is “blown away” with an offer.

And that, folks, sets the stage for what is sure to be a rumor-filled month leading into the actual draft.

Grousbeck told CSNNE:

“I think these picks are very, very valuable,” he said. “If you’re going to trade these picks for an established star making max, you’ve got to send max money out the door as well, so you’ve got to send more guys along, so this guy coming back had better be the second coming. What’s more, he’s going to be halfway through his career, whoever he is, and he’s going to be paid a lot of money, which restricts you in other ways.

“So if you can get a really good guy with this pick, you’ve got him, you can build with him, you can coach him up. You get to max money eventually, five to six years down the road, but it’s a totally different thing.”

Of course, as we’ve already chronicled, Celtics president Danny Ainge will certainly dangle the pick. There are already rumors of it being shipped to Chicago in a deal for Jimmy Butler, or even to the LA Clippers in a deal for Blake Griffin.

Are trades possible? Well, sure.

And as we’ve learned with the C’s, anything can happen — and often does.