In an interview with Steve Bulpett, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck expressed his excitement about the team's future (without looking too fast beyond the present). He pointed to the fact that this is the first time that Danny Ainge will have significant cap room to work with.
One of the keys will be, if a major player or two isn’t available to them, resisting the urge to spend money just because it’s there. They may have to be willing to tread water if at first the right talent won’t accept their offer. It may be simply a matter of semantics, but Grousbeck didn’t endorse those words. "I don’t know if I would agree that the phrase ‘tread water’ makes sense," he said. "When we went on a four-year building process last time, it wasn’t treading water. I would define it as trying to patiently build. So if you’re playing (Rajon) Rondo and E’Twaun (Moore) and JuJuan (Johnson) and Avery (Bradley) and two first-rounders and maybe some of these guys back, that’s not necessarily treading water. "I think treading water is getting a bunch of mid-career vets who aren’t going to get any better."
It definitely is a semantical conversation. "Treading water," "building on the fly," "rebuliding," "4 year plan," etc. Who's to say what each of those terms really means in the context of this team and what they would entail?
I'm also trying not to read too much into his list of names because some guys aren't under contract and maybe he can't talk about them (Jeff Green, Chris Wilcox, etc.). Still, that list of names, just on the surface, sounds like a rebuilding team to me. It would seem to me that there's a balance to be struck between young guys and "mid-career vets" which all need to be focused around 2 or 3 star players. But that's a long discussion that I might have to table till the offseason to go into fully.
Suffice it to say, this is going to be a very, very interesting offseason.