With the world solely focused on Adam Silver's fitting decision to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, it's easy to forget about some of the implications this decision has on the transaction side of the NBA. If Sterling decides to play hardball, refuses to sell the team, and goes to court with the league, then the Boston Celtics could greatly benefit as a byproduct of Sterling's obstinacy.
That's because the Celtics acquired the Clippers' 2015 first round draft pick as compensation for coach Doc Rivers. What was once thought to be a definite late first rounder could turn into a lottery selection.
If Sterling doesn't sell the team and remains as acting owner, what could happen? Doc Rivers may leave the team, and then other players could request trades or refuse to play for the organization.
The team would almost be in a position where they are forced to trade stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin if trades were demanded. And if that happens, who in the world will want to sign there except for players desperate for a contract?
What's already a messy situation for the Clippers could turn into utter chaos. Besides the past three seasons, the Clippers have been the laughingstock of the NBA since the early 1990s, and there's a chance this summer we could see Lob City revert back to Sob City.
I'm not saying, I'm just saying that this fiasco could benefit the Boston Celtics with a potential lottery pick if the Los Angeles Clippers enter a worst-case scenario. There is no guarantee that happens, but if the stubborn and racist Donald Sterling refuses to sell the team, Danny Ainge and the Celtics could be looking at another top draft pick in 2015.