We own the Nets unprotected first-round pick during the upcoming draft.
I've gotta tell you, saying that just doesn't ever get old.
So far this year, Brooklyn has been one of the worst teams in the league, so this pick represents a very valuable asset for the Celtics. The question that has been bandied about is whether Boston should use the pick on a potential franchise cornerstone in the 2016 draft, or try to trade the pick for a star or superstar, which would be more of a sure thing.
On Thursday, Wyc Grousbeck joined Felger and Mazz in the studio to talk all things Celtics. 'The Pick' came up on more than one occasion, and the Celtics co-owner weighed in on the debate of what should be done with it. Grousbeck stated clearly, "If we could do something transformative in February or June that would speed it up, I'm all for that." He went to say that he was more interested in having "a Larry Bird in the hand" than gamble on a player who might not be as productive.
He also commented on the early word from his scouts on the upcoming draft. According to him, "Danny [Ainge] and out scouts, they think it's a good draft, not an all-time great draft." However, he was quick to say that this was not the sole reason for his comments and preference regarding what to do with the pick. The fact that he would be happy to use the pick in a transformative trade is not based on the players who may or not be available in the draft.
It's nice to hear how the man at the very top feels about The Pick, but Grousbeck's comments also highlight an aspect of the conversation that gets ignored on occasion; we have no idea what is going to be available in the upcoming draft. That is not to say that we don't know who the available players will be, but we don't know for certain how good they would be in the NBA, or on the Celtics specifically.
Of course, this doesn't mean that a transformative trade will become available, or that Ainge will trade the pick even if it does. But it adds a little bit of clarity from the organizations perspective.
Regardless, it's highly unlikely that we know what will end up happening with the Nets pick. Until then, all we can do is continue to debate and discuss, and keep on cheering for whoever is play Brooklyn.