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2014 NBA Draft Preview: Boston Celtics

Jun 24, 2014, 1:00 AM EST

Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon

Picks: 6, 17

Needs: To choose a direction. Rajon Rondo becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2015, and to retain him, the Celtics probably need to improve next season. If they draft an unrefined (or injured) prospect – which could be the prudent move – it might contribute to Rondo leaving. That has to be considered, and Thursday is time for Boston to chart its course, one way or another

Trade possibilities: The Celtics are in the Kevin Love race, and no matter how the Timberwolves posture, that could still get resolved on draft night. Even if it doesn’t, Danny Ainge is a wheeler-and-dealer. Boston has held such a high draft pick just once in the last 18 years – and it was traded for a veteran Ray Allen. That – along with adding Kevin Garnett – led to a championship the next season. It’s human nature for Ainge to try to repeat his own success.

Predictions: If Joel Embiid is on the board at No. 6, I can’t see him sliding past the Celtics. But I think Embiid will be gone and Aaron Gordon will become the pick. There will be good prospects available at No. 17. How about Zach Lavine? Gordon and Lavine would give Boston an incredible amount of upside, though early rough patches might send Rondo out the door. Then again, Lavine and Rondo share an agent, so maybe drafting one of Billy Duffy’s clients could help hold everything together.

  1. pukpokito - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    The Celtics need a break.They can use all the help they can get.and why not? They play for an NBA Championship.One of the teams who has established that kind of an identity.

    • campcouch - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      I don’t think Divine Right applies to sports teams.

      • pukpokito - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:33 AM

        I never said it was.

  2. JHathwell - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Well, they have one title in the last 27 years, so let’s not get carried away.

    • pukpokito - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:45 AM

      That is exactly my point and as such their situation.They need this now.

    • money2long - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:09 AM

      Like lebron in game one of the 2014 finals

      • JHathwell - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Hiyo.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    Oh God PLEASE let the Celtics take him. Anything to keep the Celtics from c-blocking the Lakers from picking whoever is left over from Smart/Vonleh/Randle…….Embiid?

    Please Danny Boy take Tyrus Thomas 3.0, and save the Lakers from themselves possibly.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      im scared of Embiid now. i just dont trust him.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Yeah, me too. I don’t think he’s going to have a long career at all, but if Smart is off the board and Embiid is somehow left by the 7th, that’s almost a chance that you have to take.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        i hear ya…high risk = high reward…if it pans out. BUT…sometimes these drafts can be shocking…who knows what will happen. should be good!

    • jrob23 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Smart is hot garbage. Can’t shoot and is 6′ 2″. In other words…a short non shooting shooting guard. Gee…where do I sign up?

  4. lakerade - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:06 AM

    In hearing all these Kevin Love trade scenarios I never hear that he’ll agree to sign an extension with his new team. Seems like an important factor.

    Rondo is leaving, help is not coming quick and Ainge will use him to get more assets for that eventual future.

  5. kjereld615 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    I doubt Lavine is there at 17 for the Celtics. I would love for him to be but he’s gone between 13-16.

  6. mungman69 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:55 AM

    Another great story in a great NBA draft year. What will the Celtics do? What will the Lakers do? Where will Love end up, and when? On and on.

  7. kingperk123 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:21 AM

    If Celtics get Gordon don’t trade him unless they get klove but @ 17 they should find a shooter LOL similar to ray allen

  8. loungefly74 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    …”Love will keep us together!”, sings Rondo n Ainge. ..don’t know whose sporting the captain’s hat though…yes, I just dropped a Captain n Taneille reference on PBT.

    • billtetley53 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      Its not surprising that that is your taste in music. I bet you were a huge Carpenters fan too.

      Ugh.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        well…i always did like “top of the world”. you have me pegged…hehe.

        i have seen in concert, bands from Pantera to Grateful Dead to Pearl Jam to Snoop to Black Keys, etc…all told…over 200 shows…all genres.

  9. mungman69 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    My contact in Boston says that Ainge will make several successful moves.

  10. xcheman - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Rondo is the captain of the Celtics, making Love Taenille.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      Rondo is the engine, no doubt.

      …and thanks for getting my reference! thats gold!

  11. mungman69 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    I think that everyone is a little afraid of Embiid. He’s one of the most athletic 7 footers that I’ve ever seen. If he’s there at #6 the Celtics should pounce. The trouble is that Embiid may not play all year which may send Rondo out of town.
    Can the Celtics get something for Rondo before he leaves on his own?

  12. kingperk123 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    No bad idea

  13. j0esixpack - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Right now anything and everything is a possibility for the Celtics.

    With so many teams in the mix, it’s more likely Love goes elsewhere than goes to the Celtics (though let’s remember, Love himself has some say in that and Boston is the only city he’s visited)

    If they don’t get Love, and Embiid doesn’t drop to them, then Ainge is looking at a different rebuilding plan – and I think Rondo himself becomes major trade bait – gone that night, or if not, by the trading deadline.

    That scenario may free up some more money and flexibility, but it’s a MUCH longer rebuild.

    That may prompt Ainge to up the ante for Love, though the market for Love may not be as lucrative as Flip Saunders likes to think it is.

    While Ainge would have enough draft picks to still wheel and deal to rebuild the team faster (i.e. Ainge made a better call than the Nets) it makes much more sense to rebuild with Love and Rondo than to start over – if a deal can be reached.

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