The NBA Finals are coming to an end and the NBA draft is right around the corner. Every year the draft brings about another chance to make your team better and find the right piece for the future or for the present. For my hometown Celtics, they could move in either direction. During this past season, Boston finished above .500 without their best player and key role players battling injury all year. With all players 100% healthy, and the role players farther along in development, the Celtics could be one free agent away from a chance at a playoff run.
However, as much as I would love the core of Rondo, Pierce, and Garnett to stick together until retirement, everyone knows that will not be able to happen. In a draft year that is lacking a superstar like Derrick Rose or Blake Griffin, there are still great players that can be developed into all-star players. The consensus top prospect in this years draft is 7'0 center Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky. Although Noel is recovering from a torn ACL, he is still believed by many professionals and myself to be taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This is where my mind starts to wonder and think about some shocking and difficult draft day moves. Trade talks have started swirling around veteran forwards Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Clippers as well as others. At the same time, the Cavaliers have been talking about looking to trade the first overall pick for an established scoring forward which both Garnnett and Pierce are. Now this is not something that would work over the long term, however the Cavaliers only need a short burst of success in my mind.
With all of the young talent already on the Cavs roster, and the superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers just need to show that they can make some sort of a playoff push and allow for the prime opportunity for the home town king to come back. Yes thats right folks. This whole situation would not only give the Celtics the number one pick, but also bring LeBron James back home to Cleveland.
Time will tell on what the Cavaliers do with the first pick and if they keep it who they draft. Most of our answers with be answered on June 27 on ESPN.