If the Boston Celtics don’t want to continue to select in the lottery, this will be a pivotal offseason for them.
The Celtics have two picks in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft, the sixth-overall and 17th-overall selections. The Celtics would obviously like to package those picks, among other assets, to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love, but that doesn’t seem likely. That’s why the Celtics have had so many prospects in for workouts.
However, according to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, the Celtics have no draft board.
Stevens said the Celtics don’t necessarily realign their draft board after each workout. “I have not sat down with our front office all in one room and talked about a draft board,” he said. “What I usually do is I keep my own list of what I saw from the workouts and kind of go from there and communicate from that. We’ll sit down now, after probably next week’s workouts, and talk more as we continue to get closer to the draft. But clearly with two picks in the top 20, we’ve got a lot of evaluating to do. That’s been the best part of the last couple weeks — a little bit of the icing on the cake to have them here for workouts.”
The Celtics have been heavily tied to former Arizona Wildcats’ forward Aaron Gordon and have also been connected with former Oklahoma State Cowboys’ point guard Marcus Smart, former Creighton Blue Jays’ forward Doug McDermott and former Indiana Hoosiers’ big man Noah Vonleh.