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Report: Celtics ‘locked in on’ Aaron Gordon with No. 6 pick

Jun 4, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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The Celtics are surely interested in Kevin Lovewho just visited Boston – and their fans are dreaming of Carmelo Anthony, too.

If the Celtics pull off another star coup on the scale of adding Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen – or even a smaller one – they’ll probably surrender the No. 6 pick in the process.

But they go the conventional route and keep the selection?

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:

Several league sources believe that Celtics GM Danny Ainge is locked in on Gordon.

That would Aaron Gordon, freshman forward from Arizona.

First of all, any draft rumors could be smokescreens. There’s often incentive to provide incorrect information to other teams.

However, if this intel is at least somewhat correct, I don’t condone this strategy.

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It’s too early in the process to lock into any player – especially Gordon.

Watching Gordon, it’s easy to become infatuated with his talent. He’s an elite athlete with excellent size. He moves so easily around the court, and he’s an impact defender. At just 19, he possesses an extraordinarily high ceiling.

But a closer examination reveals flaws. He can’t shoot. That he made just 42 percent of his free throws suggests he’s not close to developing a jumper. And for such a strong defender, he doesn’t get many steals or block many shots. That could be nothing, or it could be something. It deserves more scrutiny, though.

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No. 6 is not necessarily too high for Gordon to get drafted, but it’s too high to lock in on him. If the Celtics vet other prospects and still like Gordon, great. But make him earn it first.

  1. yesser12 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Like Gordon but not at 6. He has to be a heck of a defender and lock stars down to be 6th pick. His offense is not good, most players in the NBA are just as athletic. He needs to learn to shoot and be stronger.

    • adoombray - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Doesn’t make sense though. He’s the best fit for a C’s team that is just a consistent scorer (im looking at you, jeff green) or defender (sup olynyk). from a playoff run in a conference that is so weak it sent the wizards to the playoffs last year. If he’s the best fit for the team at 6, then he should go at 6, it would be foolish for the C’s to take a guy they don’t need just because of some internet perceived value to guys that are just as likely to bust as they are to make it.

  2. money2long - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    In an article about how the lakers wanted multiple 1 st rounders , I mentioned I like Gordon. Im not sure if someone countered my like with hate but I like this guy.

  3. R. Edmond - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    My issue with him is that he specializes in nothing. He’s not even a 1-way player let a lone an offense-defense guy.

    And he shoots something like 46% freethrows. All you have to do is send him to the line.

    Oh well. The odds of Exum falling to #7 just went up slightly.

    • yesser12 - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Exum is likely going to Orlando.

  4. sylpkt - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    That’s nice, but what does Bill Simmons think about Gordon?

    B.S. “The Harden trade was the worst of all time”

    Reporter “That’s nice Bill, but the question was about the Celtics perceived interesting Gordon”

  5. kingperk123 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    i like how they write And the Celtics are dreaming of CARMELO ANTHONY!! Are the Celtics really dreaming of Anthony or do the Celtics really want K Love

  6. johnlink00 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Yeah, I don’t know a single Celtics fan who has said they want Carmelo. The guy loses everywhere he goes. If he is going to win, he has to be the number 2 guy and the Celtics would be counting on him to be the number 1 guy.

    • adoombray - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Melo and Rondo would be a horrible idea. There’s nobody in Boston who thinks ‘Melo is a good idea and as a guy who goes to 20+ games a year, no thanks. The C’s already have a shoot first tweener that everyone thinks is better than he is in Jeff Green

      • acieearl - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Why is Melo and Rondo a horrible idea? Because they went to Oak Hill together? Because they speak frequently in the off season and train together? One might say that a pass first point guard is the perfect situation in which to add the best PF and Melo. Whether you like melo or not he is still a top 20 player in this league capable of winning games on his own.

        The big questions if they get those three together is the defense. Larry Sanders type would be ideal but his contract would put a huge tax on the celtics.

      • martysbetter - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        I’m sorry but to equate Jeff Green with Carmelo Anthony is laughable – Jeff Green is the most inconsistent and timid player in the league, the dude will go off one night then disappear for the next week..and this is coming from a Celtics fan.

  7. xmatt0926x - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    I’ll never get the love for Carmelo Anthony. Why do teams always play better when he’s injured or traded?

    • nyheels29 - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Why do people so often say that when it’s blatantly not true?

    • money2long - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      You don’t get basketball

  8. granadafan - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    How the heck can you be an “elite” basketball player when you’re only shooting 42% from the free throw line? These kids worry more about looking good driving to the basket on the playground than baic fundamentals like boxing out, using screens, and shooting FREE THROWS.

    • antaresrex - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      You’re implying that Gordon is one of “these kids” who worries more about “looking good” than he does about his game. I don’t know him, I never met him, but as a fan of his college team, he never gave us any reason to worry about his character, his work ethic, or his desire to play well and win.

  9. unxpexted1 - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    I don’t really see the fit with Gordon in Boston unless you moving players. With Sullinger and Jeff Green in the lineup i’m not exactly sure where he fits. I’m not sure they need a person with his skillset. Either get a big man or a wing that can score. Not sure if the position of “athlete” is a need.

    Six is probably two high but a Gary Harris type player might be good with Rondo.

  10. johnheisman - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    I think Aaron Gordon might last a few picks after #6 slot and maybe the Kings at 8 or someone else close could give the Celtics something to move up a few slots and the Celtics could still get Gordon if that is truly who they want. To me Vonleh, Randle, Smart and Gordon all have good and bad qualities but at least 3 will be available at #6. Not sure who is in the next tier.

    Unlike in the NFL, I have seen in the NBA draft, a team will pick for another team and then make the trade.

    I am a Celtics fan and I DO want Melo. The Celtics need someone who can get and MAKE his own shot. This is especially true at the end of the game. I would also like Kevin Love but not at the cost that requires them to trade the picks away which could make them a potentially a championship level team. They need to get better by NOT sacrificing the future.

    • acieearl - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      I agree with everything you said except not sacrificing the future. You have to sacrifice if you want a top 10 player on your team. We sacrificed in 2007 and I’m sure if he has the opportunity to do so wiill make that sacrifice again. It is my hope that we send Minny the celtics draft picks and not the Nets picks that we have coming. That way the celtics can outsource the rebuilding of the young players thru the Nets picks.

    • martysbetter - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Not sure how acquiring one of the best bigs in the league at 25 years old is considered sacrificing the future..

  11. jj871 - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Call me crazy, but at #6 overall (in a pretty solid draft) I would like someone who can contribute on the offensive end of the floor.

  12. campcouch - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Celts trade Rondo for Parsons,draft Exum, New York implodes.

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