With under a week to go until the draft, one thing we know for certain is, Danny will be fielding calls from all interested parties. However does that translate to trades? Not necessarily, and it seems like a regular mantra to hear Danny Ainge say something like: “we came close, but we couldn’t find the right deal to help the team.” Danny has found it hard to find willing trade partners recently and that comes with the territory, especially when you routinely fleece other GMs.
With the Celtics coming so close to a Finals birth in the bubble, the idea of keeping all three first-round picks seems the least likely option for Boston. From all the reporting and rumours circulating, Boston should be able to make those draft night deals they have come so close to in previous years as it is widely anticipated that teams will be scrambling. The abbreviated off-season will no doubt add fuel to the incoming trade bonanza as Shams Charania will scoop the roster changing stories and the league rattling Woj-bombs will all start on draft day.
Saying that, due diligence is all part of the process and Ainge and Stevens have seen a large assortment of prospects in the last month and fielded many Zoom interviews ahead of Wednesday’s draft. From shooters, big men, guards to wings, CelticsBlog’s own Adam Spinella has covered the prospects in detail.
Boston’s experienced front office no doubt has locked down its big board and Ainge, Zarren, Stevens and co. will likely run through several trade scenarios as the clock winds down on pick number 1. Our own number 14, 26 and 30th picks have all been tossed into various trade scenarios as we fast approach the November 18th draft. Even in these so-called weak draft classes though, teams can find solid and dependable rotation players that can make a difference on an NBA roster from Day 1. However, for multiple reasons, this doesn’t seem like the year the Celtics will stay pat at 14.
As has been the case in previous years, some players whom the Celtics have been high on have even dropped out of the second round for various reasons - see Tacko Fall. Even if Boston trades out of the draft entirely, it’s still possible they make a signing later on draft night and bolster the youth. Also, don’t forget Danny and Austin have found yet more rotational depth via overseas and the draft is not the only way to add a promising rookie to an NBA roster- see Brose Bamberg’s Daniel Theis (2017) and Fenerbahçe’s Brad Wanamaker (2018). So ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
What do you think Boston will do on Draft night?
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Package all three picks and move up, draft the best player available.
Keep pick 14 and get a solid prospect, draft and stash the latter picks.
Package multiple picks for a bigger trade later.
Trade a few picks with players to offload salary.