On Saturday afternoon we heard that the Boston Celtics were one of the ‘most active’ teams leading up to the 2014 NBA Draft, though, we didn’t hear what exactly they were targeting.
The assumption was that the Celtics, who own the No. 6 pick in the draft were speaking to teams about a potential trade. That of course is still within the realm of possibility as multiple outlets believes the Celtics will at minimum attempt to move the selection, though according to the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn, that’s not the only potential move the Celtics may look into.
“With the players they are inviting for workouts and from what agents are hearing, fully expect the Celtics to trade to get back into the second round. The club is looking at guard prospects such as Xavier Thames, Semaj Christon, Johnson and Russ Smith. The Celtics traded their second-round pick to Dallas to swap picks last year to select Kelly Olynyk, and that pick is now a valuable No. 34.”
It’s hard to tell if their desire to add a second round pick sheds any light on what they plan to do with their No. 6 or No. 17 picks in the draft as they currently own no second round selections.
Unlike a first round selection, the Celtics won’t have to give a guaranteed contract to a second round pick and can either keep them in the D-League or send them across seas if they don’t feel they’re ready to contribute at the NBA level currently.
Still, seems rather odd to believe the Celtics would want to use up three potential roster spots on rookies going into the season.