With the sixth pick in this year’s NBA Draft, the Celtics selected Marcus Smart, a 6’3″ point guard out of Oklahoma State. So for now, we can put any possibility of a Kevin Love deal on the backburner and instead focus on what the selection of Smart means to the Celts’ backcourt as we currently know it.
For starters, Avery Bradley, a restricted free agent whom it was reported earlier in the week could be looking for somewhere in the range of $7 million to $ 9 million per year, could well be gone should the Cs hang on to Smart. The last thing the Celtics need is another tweener guard for whom size could wind up being a real issue. Bradley has worked hard to become a solid perimeter shooter, which is one if the biggest weaknesses in Smart’s game. But as a rookie, Smart will cost far less than Bradley on a new deal while also possessing more upside.
And then there’s Rajon Rondo. The Celtics incumbent point guard, perpetually the subject of trade rumors, may now really be on the move. It’s tough to imagine the Celtics taking another point guard to play next to the one they already have, especially when neither of them are particularly strong shooters. And with Rondo now just one year from free agency, the writing could be on the wall.
And while we’re here, don’t rule out a deal involving Smart somewhere down the road. The Celtics are notoriously unpredictable and they may well have taken Smart for some other team. Whether it’s him, Bradley or Rondo, it feels like a fairly safe bet that one of them won’t be a Celtic much longer.