Boston Celtics Have Embarrassment of Draft Pick Riches Now!

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    Boston Celtics Have Embarrassment of Draft Pick Riches Now!

    Boston Celtics Have Embarrassment of Draft Pick Riches Now

     

    By  Grant RindnerFeatured Columnist  Jan 20, 2014

    Boston Celtics Have Embarrassment of Draft Pick Riches Now  

    In an increasingly cap-conscious NBA, first-round draft picks have easily become one of the league’s most valued assets besides superstar players, and the Boston Celtics could potentially have nine first-round selections in the next five years if they get a little lucky with the Philadelphia 76ers' 2015 choice. 

    The return of Rajon Rondo has been a nice distraction for Boston fans, but now that the superstar point guard is back in the lineup, fans are already starting to remember that the 2013-14 team is less of a cohesive unit and more of a stopgap.

    General manager Danny Ainge has officially entered selling mode, and no one, save for Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley and probably Rondo, is immune to being dealt at the drop of a hat.

    By shipping their rotational veterans out for future picks and cap relief, Boston has become almost solely concerned with hoarding assets. The Celtics are effectively punting on a campaign that would have, at best, ended with a first-round playoff defeat.

    This trend started when Ainge fleeced Brooklyn Nets GM and panic-trade-maker extraordinaire Billy King by nabbing three first-rounders forPaul PierceKevin Garnett and Jason Terry, but the Celtics' plan to rebuild through the draft goes far beyond that deal.

    With the C's falling further below .500 and the eyes of the Boston faithful turning more and more to the 2014 draft class, let’s take stock of just exactly how flush with picks the Celtics are going to be for the rest of the decade.

     

      Al Bello/Getty Images

    2014

    First Round: BOSATL/BKN (Worse of two), PHI (top-14 protected)

    Second Round: None

    The Nets are on a recent surge and the Atlanta Hawks are treading enough water that they should make it into the playoffs without Al Horford, minimizing the value of Boston’s additional first-rounder, but the pick should still fall somewhere in the late teens or early 20s.

    While the hype about the 2014 draft class has primarily centered on its future franchise cornerstones, this class is deep with talent. The C’s should be able to nab at least a cheap rotation player with the Nets’ or Hawks’ pick.

    The real prize in 2014 will be the player the Celtics grab with their own selection, likely a top-10 pick given the team’s recent struggles, because that will be the player Boston’s front office hopes can help usher in the next era of successful basketball.

    Boston may not be able to make up enough ground on the Milwaukee Bucks or Orlando Magic (although it’s not inconceivable) to seriously challenge for the top pick, but a mid-lottery selection could still yield a player like Michigan State’s Gary Harris or Duke’s Rodney Hood, who can s***t from deep and score in a variety of ways.

    The C’s desperately need help on offense, so adding a wing player who can create his own s**t off the dribble as well as make reads for his teammates would be a huge boon.

    Unfortunately, the 76ers seem like a surefire lock to miss the playoffs this season, meaning that they will keep their 2014 first-rounder, which is top-14 protected through the 2015 draft.

    Given the weak nature of the Eastern Conference, though, there is a real chance a young, but very talented Sixers squad could sneak in during the 2014-15 campaign as a frisky seventh or eighth seed.

    Still, what matters in 2014 is grabbing the best possible player with their own lottery pick and a solid complementary piece with their other first-rounder, since Boston simply needs more top-flight talent before it is ready to contend.

     

      Carlos Osorio/Associated Press

    2015

    First Round: BOS, LAC, PHI (top-14 protected)

    Second Round: BOS, SAC (top-55 protected), PHI (if Sixers in lottery) 

    A first-rounder from a Western Conference contender may not be worth much on its own, but by 2015 Boston could have enough pieces in place to swing a trade for a star talent, and the Los Angeles Clippers' pick could be one part of such a deal.

    The C’s acquired L.A.’s first-rounder in the unconventional Doc Rivers trade, and they also have their own pick as well as the possibility of getting the Sixers' if they make the postseason.

    It is difficult to predict where Philly will finish in 2014-15, since it's an incredibly young team flush with cap space. But the Celtics have a legitimate s**t at having three first-rounders in the 2015 draft.

    Not much is known about the 2015 draft, given that many of the potential selections are still seniors in high school, but the Celtics could grab a talented big man like Kentucky commit Karl Towns Jr. or a strong, athletic point guard like Xavier’s Semaj Christon if they choose to deal Rondo.

    Unless Los Angeles faces an unexpected injury or makes a surprising trade, it should be a top-five seed in the Western Conference, meaning its pick will likely be in the mid-to-high 20s. But it could still be of value to a team looking to rebuild through the draft.

    Additionally, the C’s could be just as flush with second-round selections in 2015, since they could potentially get the Sacramento Kings’ pick if they have a good season or a pick from the 76ers if they fail to make the playoffs.

    The odds of picking successfully in the second round are always slim, but players like Draymond Green and Chandler Parsons do occasionally fall through the cracks.

     

      Brian Babineau/Getty Images

    2016

    First Round: BOSBKN

    Second Round: BOS, MIA

    2016 is the first year the Celtics get an outright selection from the Nets. While Mikhail Prokhorov is clearly willing to spend any amount of money to keep his team competitive, the Nets will be hamstrung in the 2015-16 season by the lucrative contracts of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson andBrook Lopez, limiting their potential for improvement. 

    The Nets should be a playoff team at that point, but likely not an elite one given the diminishing talents of their pricey backcourt. That means the C’s have a s**t at landing a selection in the teens from Brooklyn here.

    At the same time, it’s important to remember that Boston likely will not hold onto all of these selections.

    There comes a time when it no longer makes sense to keep drafting young players. By 2016, the Celtics will hopefully have the core in place to make a playoff run, meaning they could deal some of their many picks for immediate help in the form of a veteran rotation player or disgruntled star.

    Boston has never exactly been a hot city for free agents, so it is essential that Ainge and the front office are active and aggressive on the trade market.

    The C’s also have a pair of seconds they could use to help facilitate trades, since it’s unlikely that a second-rounder from the Miami Heat is going to yield a productive player. 

     

      The Nets' salary-cap situation through 2019, per ShamSports.

    2017

    First Round: BOSBKN (right to swap)

    Second Round: BOS, SAC (top-55 protected)

    The C’s have the right to swap firsts with Brooklyn in 2017, and that could prove fruitful; the Nets will probably be entering a rebuilding phase at that time.

    The only contracts on their books for 2016-17 will be the final year of Williams’ deal and a team option on Miles Plumlee, meaning that if they cannot splurge in free agency, they could be dreadful, particularly given Williams’ disappointing 2013-14 season.

    By 2016-17, the Celtics will hopefully be back in playoff contention, and the option to swap their own first-rounder for Brooklyn’s could certainly come in handy.

    The Celtics also have a slim s**t at getting an additional second-rounder from the Kings in addition to their own pick, which can always be helpful in facilitating complex trades and potentially getting young assets from teams in need of salary-cap relief.

     

      Brian Babineau/Getty Images

    2018

    First Round: BOSBKN

    Second Round: BOS

    That’s right, another Nets first-rounder.

    Looking at the haul the Celtics were able to get from Brooklyn in hindsight is truly incredible. Even though the Nets have managed to right the ship somewhat, it is highly unlikely they would make the draft day trade again if they had the choice.

    Even a team like the Nets cares about having draft picks, if for no other reason than to facilitate trades, and they are effectively incapable of dealing a first-rounder until 2020.

    The beauty of having as many first-rounders as the Celtics do is that they can make a godfather offer for a player like Kevin Love or even LaMarcus Aldridge if things were to go south quickly in Portland

    There is no way the Celtics need all nine of their potential first-rounders, particularly with Sully and Bradley looking like long-term pieces, so really having all of these draft choices just gives the Boston front office incredible flexibility about how it wants to approach the future.

    The Celtics do not need to make a hasty trade to try to stay relevant, but they are also not forced to take the Oklahoma City Thunder approach and be horrendous for several consecutive years to build a talented nucleus.

    And in today’s NBA, that kind of freedom is more valuable than anything.

     
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    If this article doesn't make you feel good about the C's future, nothing will!

    DA has played his hand perfectly to this point!

     

     
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    The Nets will be hating the Cs in 2017 and 2018! 

     
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    In response to Fiercy's comment:
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    Those who don't believe Ainge is keeping AB, check the article.

     

    Here:

    General manager Danny Ainge has officially entered selling mode, and no one, save for Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley and probably Rondo, is immune to being dealt at the drop of a hat.

     

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    Mitch is singing " Like DA - I wanna be like DA"

     

     
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    A three year rebuild?

    By 2016-17, the Celtics will hopefully be back in playoff contention, and the option to swap their own first-rounder for Brooklyn’s could certainly come in handy.

     
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    In response to Fiercy's comment:
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    Those who don't believe Ainge is keeping AB, check the article.

     

    Here:

    General manager Danny Ainge has officially entered selling mode, and no one, save for Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley and probably Rondo, is immune to being dealt at the drop of a hat.

     

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    i'm growing increasingly worried that Avery Bradley will never be a good enough shooter to justify looking at him as a building block for the long term.

    his best value seems to be as an energy defender off the bench who might get hot shooting 1 out of every 5 games or so.

    ie. yet another trade chip to a contender.

     
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    In response to Fiercy's comment:
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    i'm growing increasingly worried that Avery Bradley will never be a good enough shooter to justify looking at him as a building block for the long term.

    his best value seems to be as an energy defender off the bench who might get hot shooting 1 out of every 5 games or so.

    ie. yet another trade chip to a contender.

     

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    Bradley is shooting 44% FG, 36% 3pt FG, and 74% FT.

     

    He's only 23 years old.

     

    If Ainge is going to trade Bradley it won't be this season.

    Maybe in July, if AB and the Celts won't be able to reach an agreement for a contract extension.

    Right now AB is part of the future plans.

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    DA has so many cards to play - the future is bright in Beantown!!

     
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    Based on that statement, Oly is on the trading block?  Also Green is also on the trading block?  And maybe Rondo is on the trading block?  I like to know if this is based on facts or just the feelings of the author.

     
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    WE NEED MORE PICKS!!!

     

    I kind of want this trade to go down:

    http://grantland.com/features/the-ballad-of-boogie/

     

    BOS: Thomas, McClemore, Thornton, 2014 Kings 1st (top3 protected)

    SAC: Rondo, Bradley

     
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    In response to R9R's comment:

    WE NEED MORE PICKS!!!

     

    I kind of want this trade to go down:

    http://grantland.com/features/the-ballad-of-boogie/

     

    BOS: Thomas, McClemore, Thornton, 2014 Kings 1st (top3 protected)

    SAC: Rondo, Bradley



    adding...

     

    I think Rondo, Bradley, Gay, Williams, Cousins would be the right balance of offense and defense.

     

    With that Kings pick, we could possibly get Marcus Smart or Exum in addition to our own pick. Bradley is nice, but McClemore will be a better offensive weapon in the long haul.

     

    AND

     

    Without needing to extend AB, we could legitamitely go after Hayward.

    Smart (Kings pick), McClemore, Hayward, Sullinger, Embiid (Celtics pick)

    Bench: Isaiah Thomas, Seldon (Nets pick), Green, Wallace, Bass, Olynyk, Favarani, Iverson

     
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    In response to Fiercy's comment:
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    WE NEED MORE PICKS!!!

     

    I kind of want this trade to go down:

    http://grantland.com/features/the-ballad-of-boogie/

     

    BOS: Thomas, McClemore, Thornton, 2014 Kings 1st (top3 protected)

    SAC: Rondo, Bradley

     

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    The Kings traded their 2014 pick to Chicago via Cleveland.

     

    But since the pick is top 12 protected in 2014, the Kings can only trade the pick if it's guaranteed that the Kings' pick will not fall outside of the top 11.

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    True... my bad.

    However, this could be a draft-day trade, especially if the pick hits in the right range, like 6-9. Kings want to win now.

     
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    I think DA will make a play for Love at some point! 

     
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    The fact that DA let the local press know they tried to extend Rondo but were "unable" to do so "at this time" is troubling if you are a Rondo fan....I think this is similar to the Red Sox way of slowly building the idea that a favorite is up for grabs so fans won't be taken by surprise if they pull the trigger on the trade and also look like they're the bad guys...DA is setting the table for a move or at least opening up a plausible explanation if it happens...

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    That is a great point Mel - Tommy Point!!!!

     
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    The fact that DA let the local press know they tried to extend Rondo but were "unable" to do so "at this time" is troubling if you are a Rondo fan

    melly, i'm an attention paying rondo fan and don't find it at all troubling. danny knew rondo and his agent weren't going to be financially foolish but thought, hey, we'll give it a zhot anyway. rondo didn't bite. so what? nothing foreboding there for rondo fans. 

    tommy point? really?

     

     
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    NBA Trade Rumors: Should The Boston Celtics Go After Kevin Love? 

    BY RICHARD SPALDING - JAN 22ND, 2014 AT 2:14 PM

     

    As I pointed out yesterday, there are plenty of NBA trade rumors that claim the Boston Celtics are leaning towards trading Jeff Green and possibly even Rajon Rondo.  Many of these rumors speculate that the Celtics are still in the hunt for Houston Rockets big man Omer Asik, and that a small forward like Green (and definitely an All-Star point guard like Rondo) could be what it takes to add Asik to Boston’s front court.

    While the Asik rumors are the ones I am hearing and reading the most, there are some whispers that the Boston Celtics could (or should) be interested in making a run at Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows the NBA that Kevin Love is an unhappy camper in Minnesota, and if you were to set odds on the likelihood of him re-signing with the Timberwolves, you would be foolish to set those odds any higher than 0%.  His frustration has bubbled up in interviews, most recently his harsh words for a few of his teammates during a loss to the Phoenix Suns, and it would unwise for the Timberwolves’ front office to believe they can convince him to re-sign with the team once his contract expires in July 2015.   Add to that the fact that the Wolves are currently 11th in the hard-as-hell Western Conference with a 20-21 record, and you have the makings of a team that will begin looking toward the future very soon.

    Enter the Boston Celtics, who have been looking toward the future since last summer.

    Boston has done a great job of shedding some contracts and stockpiling some picks for this year’s and future drafts.  While thoughts of Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, to name a few, might be dancing in the heads of Danny Ainge, as well as thousands of Boston Celtics fans (myself included), there are all sorts of question marks that come with young prospects.  History is filled with tales about can’t-miss players who were misses, so there is always a level of uncertainty that comes when drafting young players.

    Conversely, there is no doubt when it comes to figuring out what the Celtics would be getting should they acquire Love: a 25 year-old power forward who average a double-double per game, who has the ability to stretch the defense with his 36.1% lifetime shooting percentage from beyond the 3-point line.  Despite his frustrations, Love is averaging 25 points and 13 rebounds per game this season, with those 25 PPG being the second-highest scoring average of his young career.   Tell me you wouldn’t enjoy watching Love and Jared Sullinger terrorize opponents in the paint – go on: I dare you.

    Minnesota GM Flip Saunders would have to be idiotic or delusional not to consider trading Love, so I have to believe that someone like Danny Ainge could pry Love out of Saunders’ hands given the right offer.  The question is, what would the Celtics have to give up in order to swing such a deal?  The obvious answer is Rajon Rondo; as they say, you don’t trade an All-Star without getting an All-Star in return.  If Rondo was a required component in this theoretical transaction that I am proposing, I would not be in favor of it; a point guard with Rondo’s experience and skill set is worth far more to me than a forward like Love.  After all, who is going to get the ball to a player like Love if Rondo is gone, and orchestrate the offense that way that Rondo is cable of doing?   Again, unless the Cs have a trick up their sleeve and are able to bring Chris Paul to Boston, Rajon Rondo needs to remain in Celtic green.

    Jan 11, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Jeff Green (8) drives to the basket against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

    Could a trade for Love be made if it involved Jeff Green, instead of Rondo?  By now, you all know my feelings about Green: he’s an athletic player who can attack the rim and stretch defenses, since he makes almost three 3-pointers per game at a clip of 34.8%.  Clearly, his lifetime averages of 13.8 PPG and 4.1 rebounds per are a drop from what Love provides the Wolves, but toss in a first and second round pick with Green, and possibly another complimentary player, and you have an offer that might be tough to refuse, especially when the Wolves know Love will be walking out the door, leaving nothing behind, should he become a free agent in 2015.

    Rumors are rumors, and it does no good to put too much stock in them.  However, Kevin Love is a player who could give the Boston Celtics a formidable front court.  Small ball has worked out nicely for the Miami Heat, so there is no reason to believe that the Celtics have to go out and land a true center in order to complete their roster.  I’m against trading Rondo, but not against using the draft picks Trader Danny has acquired to bring Love to the TD Garden.

    As always, I love to hear your thoughts, so whether you agree or disagree, make sure you let me know below, or @theamazingMrS!

     
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    spin it any forum friendly way you like, melly. non story IMO.

     
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    The fact that DA let the local press know they tried to extend Rondo but were "unable" to do so "at this time" is troubling if you are a Rondo fan....I think this is similar to the Red Sox way of slowly building the idea that a favorite is up for grabs so fans won't be taken by surprise if they pull the trigger on the trade and also look like they're the bad guys...DA is setting the table for a move or at least opening up a plausible explanation if it happens...

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    Just like he did with Perkins! "We tried" so all the Rondo lovers are warned.... That is Danny's MO and history seems to repeat itself.

     

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