The Boston Celtics didn’t manage to land a top-3 pick in the NBA Draft lottery, and will instead have to settle for the sixth overall selection this summer. Or will they?
Celtics president Danny Ainge has always been patient and meticulous in his decision making, so it comes as no surprise that he will be considering every single course of action prior to draft night.
“This is an exciting time of the year, an exciting time for our franchise,” said Ainge. “We can do anything to taking the two draft picks and continuing to add a young talent or we can make some bigger deals that speed up our process, and everywhere in between. I that think everything’s possible and it’s going to be really interesting next month.
Just like many other teams, the Celtics have been connected to Kevin Love, who is rumored to be looking for a way out of Minnesota. Not being able to pick top-3 in a relatively stacked draft hurts their chances to make such a move, but Ainge and the Celtics still have a lot of flexibility.
Boston landed a lot of future assets by trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets. They will be able to use these pieces to either move up in the draft and add a talented player to their young core, or move down if they feel as though the top guys will all be gone by the time the clock is on the Celtics.
While the sixth overall pick doesn’t carry as much value as a top-3 selection, this year’s draft class is considered to be very deep, which makes the potential trade scenarios that much more intriguing.