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NBA Draft winners and losers: Good day for the Sixers, rough day for their fans

Jun 27, 2014, 2:09 AM EDT

Let’s just admit this up front: Projecting the draft winners and losers just hours after the draft is a fool’s errand. There is no way to know how these players are going to pan out long term — guys we think were steals will fade away, guys we shrugged at tonight will be the guys fans ask their GM “how did you pas on this guy?” a few years from how. An injury or two will change everything.

That said, I’m willing to play the fool tell you who won and lost. And do it fully expecting to be proven right in five years.

This was a quieter draft than expected, what was supposed to be a beehive of trades saw only a few. Teams were drafting for themselves and some did it better than others.

Winner, Denver Nuggets. They were my biggest winners on draft day. Over the course of Thursday they turned Evan Fournier, Doug McDermott and a second round pick into Arron Afflalo, Gary Harris — maybe the steal of the draft after he fell to 19 — and potential future big man Josef Nurkic (stashed in Europe for a couple years). Two guard was the Nuggets weak spot 24 hours ago, no more. The Nuggets got better without giving up much.

[MORE: Every trade involving a 2014 NBA draft pick]

Winner: Philadelphia 76ers. They took a smart gamble and got maybe the best player in the draft in Joel Embiid — when you’re rebuilding and you need elite talent you swing for the fences not play it safe. Put Embiid next to Nerlens Noel in a couple years and if they can stay healthy they can be a force in the paint. The Sixers got a good future point forward in Dario Saric (who will spend the next two years in Turkey, developing. They picked up the very athletic Jerami Grant out of Syracuse, who should make some plays and fits an up-tempo system like the Sixers run. They rolled the dice on a few Europeans as well who may pan out down the line.

Loser: Philadelphia 76ers fans. This team lost 26 games in a row late last year and isn’t going to be much if any better next season. Embiid could pan out to be a great pick (and is likely at least a good one) in a couple years, and when Dario Saric comes to the NBA in a couple years he could be a big boost. But neither of those guys is playing next season. It’s going to be the largely same tanktastic roster in Philly, and that sucks for fans asked to sit through another year of it. Intellectually Sixers fans get the building plan, but it’s hard to watch right now.

[MORE: Top five players passed over in the draft]

Winner: Charlotte Hornets. Two great picks… see what happens when Michael Jordan lets GM Rich Cho do his job. First they got Noah Vonleh. Indiana power forward slipped down the board on draft night, right to the Hornets. He is a great fit — they have Al Jefferson banging inside and needed a stretch four to space the floor, Vonleh is that guy (he shot 48.5 percent from three last season). Then later on they traded with the Heat and got one of the underrated studs of the draft in P.J. Hairston — the guy can flat out shoot the rock and after much of a D-League season he is more ready to step in and contribute from Day 1 then most of the other guys in the draft.

Winner: Adam Silver. The handling of the Isaiah Austin situation, selecting the Baylor star for the league and brining him on stage, was almost as masterful as how he handled the Donald Sterling situation. Classy act. Silver continues to just kill it as commissioner so far (except for the age limit thing).

Loser: Zach LaVine. The UCLA prospect did not exactly want to go to Minnesota. Way to endear yourself to a fan base already pissed their star player is trying to push his way out of town.

Winner: Andrew Wiggins. He’s the No. 1 overall pick and he’s going to have Kyrie Irving feeding him the rock. The owner is desperate to make the playoffs and if everyone can just stay heathy the roster as it is now can do that in the East.

[MORE: Wiggins goes No. 1 overall, just like he always planned]

Loser: Kevin Love. He and his agent pushed to get traded before the draft and to a destination he wanted, but he is still a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves as you read this. Wolves president Flip Saunders doesn’t feel the need to make a move until he is ready, and he’s willing to wait for a better deal. Even if that means Love has to come to Timberwolves training camp, which would be very awkward.

Winner: Boston Celtics. Marcus Smart fell to them at No. 6 and with Rajon Rondo potentially being on the move this is a brilliant pick. Smart defends, competes and is going to be a good PG in the Association for a decade. Then they got another guy with great potential in James Young down at 17. Two guys who can be part of the future Celtics.

Winner: Los Angeles Lakers. Julius Randle is a guy who can step right in and play for them now and can be part of whatever the post-Kobe future is for the Lakers. He was long projected to fall all the way to 7 but this was a guy the Lakers liked and is a guy that may well pan out better than a number of guys taken ahead of him.

[MORE: Julius Randle hopes to learn plenty from Kobe Bryant]

  1. phillysports1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    It’s a little frustrating. I’m already looking towards the 2015 top draft prospects scouting reports

    • campcouch - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      You guys do have Noel suiting up this year. Something to look forward too…in fact the rest of us are too. I was puzzled by the Payton/Saric deal when they could’ve grabbed a nice wing player or a big that could play now,but hey Saric might be the piece in a year or so.

      • sixerstrong - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:24 AM

        I think it was important to them to get their 2017 first rounder back. The additional second was a bonus.

      • urallstupid - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:38 AM

        important to get their 1st rounder back……… in THREE years. ya no. the 76ers blew it with that one. its not like they did it with the 28th pick and there was nobody left on the board. this was the 10th pick of the draft. and plus, if you’re worried about your 1st round pick in THREE years, does that mean you think it’ll be a high pick so you want it back? i would hope in THREE years, the 76ers would be a good team (and thus the 1st rounder would be a mid or late round pick, and not mean too much.) this aint the NFL where the more picks you get the better, 2nd rounders in the NBA usually dont turn out very well. hell, 50% of the 2nd rounders from LAST year never played in the NBA. thats not necessarily the norm, but jesus looking back to 2010, you have never even heard of 90% of these 2nd rounders taken.

      • thesixersbench - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        You say that as if Saric isn’t a big talent in his own right.

        Completely independent of this trade (which obviously throws amps up the value of the pick itself), I loved Saric before the draft and was hoping the Sixers would target him. I’m fascinated by the guy.

        Hinkie is going about things the right way. Look at the elite teams in the NBA…the Sixers aren’t even close to competing with them…regardless of whether we got Randle or Vonleh or whoever in this year’s draft.

        It’s all about selecting guys that have star potential. Next year is going to be tough…but I’m very pleased with who they picked.

        NBA – watch out for the 2016-2017 Philadelphia 76ers! LOL

      • geejon - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Hinkie wanted Saric at #10 so the fact that Orlando was willing to give them back that 1st rounder plus a 2nd rounder was a no-brainer. Maybe that #1 won’t even be in the lottery in 3 years but they ended up with the guy they were going to draft anyway so how can anyone complain about being handed over a 1st and 2nd rounder basically for NOTHING.

        If anything I’d be pissed if I was a Magic fan. Surely they knew Philly had no use for a guy like Payton so they weren’t going to draft him. Denver at #11 had no use for a pg either. Unless they thought someone was dying to jump in and trade up to take Payton (I seriously doubt that), they just gave away a first and second rounder to move up 2 spots to take a guy who would have been there anyway. That’s nuts.

    • TheMorningStar - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Your team in a few seasons has the potential to become the Oklahoma City Thunder of the Eastern Conference, i.e., young stars at nearly every position.

      • sumkat - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Yeah, been hearing that….for a few seasons now

        Awful draft for Philly, I hope they don’t expect more than 5 k people at that arena all year. I went to about a dozen games last year. I will not be going to any this year

  2. bronx77 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:39 AM

    If the nuggets stay healthy they will be a 4-5-6 seed in the west.

  3. bronx77 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    I’m not a sixers fan but I wouldn’t be mad if I was one. Everyone knows that a rebuild doesn’t happen over night and this draft proves that the sixers will keep the course. They are building from the ground up and might have gotten a franchise cornerstone tonight. If that’s the case then one year is not that much of a wait. Wether he played this year or not Joel wasn’t going to take them to the playoffs anyway. I’d be happy as a sixers fan to know my team was at least attempting to stay committed to the rebuild

    • thatsjustchipper - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      I like to think of myself as an “Intellectually Sixers fan,” whatever that means, and I’m completely on board. If you’re upset that Embiid may be chronically injured, that’s a legitimate concern and I can’t hold that against you. If you hate the pick because you wanted to watch this team at full strength next year compete for the playoffs, then you may be slightly delusional.

      Saric should be bought out after the season and be in a Sixers uni by the start of 2015, they won’t have to surrender their first rd in ’15 to the Celtics, should have another high lottery pick, a new state-of-the-art practice facility (their current is a joke) and will be in great position to entice one or two premium free agents to come play here alongside a promising young core.

      After suffering through multiple seasons of 6-8 seed purgatory with Iggy and Elton Brand, this is a refreshing change of pace.

      • TheMorningStar - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        Uh the terms ‘intellectual’ and ‘Philly sports fan’ are probably the least used terms in a sentence in the entire history of ligustics.

      • someday27 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        @MorningStart-probably not as rare as “intellectual” and “ligustics” in the same sentence. It’s okay to misspell a word, but not when you’re trying to put down a fanbase.

      • eaglesfan723 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        @TheMorningStar – Philly sports fans are actually pretty smart, maybe outsiders dont think so, but we realy dont know considering that we know our city/teams/players more than enyone else. Andy anything bad you have to say about the fans could only be directed towards a small population of immature slobs that every city has. Get off our backs.

      • emoser - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        Well I guess it’s good neither of those were in his comment then, English major. (You were close on one… Kudos!)

      • thesixersbench - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        @TheMorningStar

        Philadelphia is home to some of the most passionate – and knowledgable – sports fans in the entire country. We often times have opinions drastically different than the national media – not because we look to buck trends, but because we pay such close attention to our teams and the sports in general that we’re in tuned to the realities of the games and not the pre-written narratives that are pushed for the purposes of drama.

        If you just wanted to take a shot at Philly for the fun of it, I can’t hold that against you. But if you actually believe that – you are sadly, sadly mistaken. This is one of the greatest sports towns on the entire planet.

      • 1historian - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Nothing personal but I can’t help saying that the phrase ‘intellectual sixers fan’ is a contradiction in terms.

        As I said – nothing personal.

        Go Celts!!

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:58 AM

    It feels like everything changed once our team shed the Bobcats name. All in one day the Hornets mascot was made official, it was announced that we would retain our history from 1988-2002, and we lucked out in the draft lottery with Detroit’s pick dropping one spot so it became our pick at #9. And now our team is being called a winner in the draft? Been a while since pro basketball felt like a winner in Charlotte.

    • thesixersbench - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      I really loved your draft last night. I think you guys are going to be a lot of fun next year.

    • davidtmp - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Dude, you forgot to mention the awesome new court!! Has that Boston Garden feel with the honeycomb. The “Hive” will be rocking this fall!

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        Hoooly crap! I wasn’t even aware it had been unveiled. That’s what I get for relying too heavily on PBT. That’s a nice design. Like how they subtly worked the honeycomb shape in there. Definitely an improvement on the old design where the paint was honeycombed with hard black lines. I’m started to get excited for the Hornets! I need some new gear. Should I keep my Jason Richardson jersey or burn it in effigy?

  5. kb2408 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:51 AM

    I was hoping Exum or Embiid would fall, but I knew it wasn’t very likely. I was also hoping Boston would go big and leave Smart for my LAKERS. However, now I am honestly happy they got Randle. From what I’ve heard, and read, the LAKERS might have gotten a player that can help right now. He works very hard, seems to be humble and wanted to get drafted by the LAKERS. He’s somewhat unorthodox but was very productive in his one year at Kentucky. Welcome to the LAKERS, Julius!

    • billtetley53 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      They could have drafted that dude that Toronto drafted at 20, who is four years away from contributing and you would have touted him as the 2nd coming. You are an over the top, know nothing lakers homer. Your opinion means nothing.

      Btw, you heard? How do you not know what Randle brings to the table?

      Mitch seemed real thrilled he drafted him, didnt he?
      Dont get too excited, LA is still looking at 30 wins next year.

    • urallstupid - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      uh randle was a beast in his 1 year at kentucky.

      • billtetley53 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Yeah, its just kb is a dope. He didnt want Randle before the draft, now hes a good pick. But he was all along is what everyone else knew. Hes gotta wait for the websites to tell him it was a good pick, because he cant do it on his own. Hes not very good at judging talent, or being rational, or paying off his bets, or at life in general.

  6. bigmeechy74 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:00 AM

    I’m going to jump on the philly bandwagon now. I think it’s exciting to shoot for the stars and be patient. Who cares if they win 15 games or 35 games this year? What’s so great about battling for the 8 seed? I’d much rather have a plan, stick to it, and try to build something special

    • sumkat - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      Yeah, you can watch the young guys play and grow

      Just like last year…..and just like the year before that

      Oh, neither of the picks is going to play this year?

      Yeah, awesome being a sixers fan

      • therealtrenches - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        Your anti-Philly comments in this thread suggest that you know nothing.

        “The year before that,” the current regime wasn’t even in place, and the Sixers had just come off of a playoff appearance in which they had taken the eventual conference champions to seven games. Expectations were high, but Andrew Bynum couldn’t find his way to the arena and things went south from there. Doug Collins was crying in his milk after every game.

        This is only the second year that Hink has had to put his stamp on the team. And in order to do so, he has had to re-build from what was an extreme mess. While the ultimate judgement is still forthcoming, he appears to be going for a substantial winner, not a perennial 7 or 8 seed (which is what they were): he’s stockpiling talent and picks while being cash smart.

        I’d like to see you, or any other self-appointed expert, do better.

  7. titansbro - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    Flip Saunders is blowing it. Now he’s got 2 guys the do not want to be there & he’s trying to trade for another guy who does not want to be there. T’Wolves are losers.

  8. tcstunner - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:09 AM

    Lavine already said that he was just relieved to be drafted and have the process be over. He also said he has no problem at all going to MN. Doesn’t it suck when facts get in the way of a “good” story.

    • titansbro - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Yeah because a rookie is going to come out & say (after the draft) that he doesn’t want to go to the team that just drafted him. Don’t be naive, it’s lip service.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        Yeah, what titansbro said.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      I’m not a professional lip reader or anything like that, but if you watch the video, after he picks his head up and stands up, he says “F**k me.”. I don’t think he was too happy about it.

  9. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Hasn’t OKC proven that building through the draft works? Philly is closing in on being relevant. If Embid gets healthy, then they may have gotten a steal in the 3rd pick. And they were going to trade UP for him…..

    • Kevin S. - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      OKC’s proven that if the historically great players happen to be in the draft the years you have high picks it works. Where are they if Portland decides Oden’s too risky with Durant sitting on the board there?

      • thatsjustchipper - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        Probably owning the best backcourt in basketball with Westbrook and Harden, and still competing out in the West.

      • moneyz2 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        best backcourt and Harden in the same sentence.. ur funny

      • urallstupid - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        gahahhahah harden. call him haren cause he got no D

    • kinggw - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      You’re kidding right. Philly is nowhere close to being relevant.

      They shouldn’t be compared to OKC. OKC drafted a bonafide superstar to start their rebuilding process, Philly has yet to draft one. They have a bunch of raw “talent” there are no can’t miss guys on their team. After drafting Durant OKC was only a sub .500 team for two years, they were a 50 win team in Durant’s third year. This Sixers squad won’t sniff the playoffs for another 3 or 4 years if they are lucky. They look a lot more like the Cavs, who have drafted a bunch of talented youngsters, but haven’t gotten better, than the Thunder.

      • campcouch - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        I don’t know. The Cavs really have built through the draft. After losing James,they dismantled their team. Since the 2011 draft,they’ve improved from 19 wins to 32,and doing so with a young injured PG,young 2 and a young PF. They were hoping Bennett and Bynum would at least add to the growth and help them into the playoffs. Of course that failed, but they did try even trading for Deng. Luck or conspiracy,their attempt to not tank worked out. They drafted a player that has to produce more than they got from Jack and Bennett. So minus having the opportunity to draft a Durant like star the past 3 years,they seem to be on track to improve greatly…via the draft.

    • 1historian - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      “Building through the draft works.”

      If you pick the right people.

      We’ll see

  10. mx429 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    I like the Heat’s pick of Napier, a potential second-stringer to relieve Chalmers and dish the ball to teammates, none of whom will be named Lebron.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Chalmers will be relieving Napier, not the other way around.

    • adoombray - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Chalmers was so terrible the Heat played without a point guard. If Chalmers is even on the roster next year i’d be shocked, but they definitely drafted Napier, and LeBron definitely demanded that they do it, because of how terrible Chalmers played in the finals.

  11. ausernamethatisavailable - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Two bad teams New Orleans and Philly taking very different paths the past two years. Philly seems to accept the fact that to rebuild into a championship contender in the nba you have to suck for a couple of years and draft difference makers. While New Orleans chooses to pursue mediocrity instead. IMO the last place you want to be in the nba is in the middle and that is where the pels are trying to go. You are supposed to try to build a team capable of winning it all. There is no glory being stuck in the middle fighting for a #8 seed in the playoffs. Philly seems to get that. Based on their history of being kind f good but not a contender with Chris Paul and before that baron Davis, NO would get it. Apparently not.

    • gentlewomansquarterly - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      One of those teams is in a very small market, dominated by football, has a new owner who needs to fill seats. If the Pels aren’t competitive, the city will forget about them.

      Also the Pels were shafted by the NBA when they were moved to Western Conference. The Pelicans would have easily been a 7 seed in the East last year…even with half the team on IR.

  12. gnu2308 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    F us.

    Signed all timberwolves fans

  13. saint1997 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    You got that right, with that attitude Zach LaVine is a straight up loser

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      Does a player not have the right to be disappointed that he got drafted by a terribly run organization? They’re not robots, despite how you would like these players to act.

      • dominwindhamnh - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        Not when they are paid millions to have 5 months off every year, and get paid to play a game they’ve played all their lives they dont.

      • seansull83 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        When a player wants to win and gets drafted to a team where the one star is trying to get the hell out, ya I would be upset money or not. Clearly the kid is competitive, the wolves will still be a non factor, so why should he be happy.

      • lmoneyfresh - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        I don’t care how much they’re paid. They’re actually humans and want to win. It amazes me how “fans” can dehumanize an athlete based on how much they’re paid.

      • saint1997 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:48 AM

        Isiah Austin would be grateful to be drafted by anyone. Don’t pull that rubbish, a smile wouldn’t kill him. If he wants to be upset then be upset but show some manners

  14. rrhoe - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    While I do understand what the Sixers are trying to do and while I think the whole city bought into the rebuilding process it wasn’t easy to watch/sit thru games where you didn’t even know who was on the team,we had D-League players being shuffled in and out. So they stunk,okay,understandable–then to have TWO top ten picks in the draft and they get a guy that’s injured(we can all speculate but nobody knows how that will turn out,but worth the risk) and they draft a guy we will not see for two years. The Sixers have made it clear they will not be signing no FA’s this year. This team will actually be worst than last year.

  15. csbanter - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    How can anyone view the 76ers winners ? Why should an NBA fan accept bad basketball as being a plan for the future ? This has worked so well in Minnesota their best player wants out ASAP.

    • connorchew - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Minnesota has been in win now mode for years. You can’t compare their process to that of the sixers because they literally blew up the team to get a chance at getting the best possible player in the draft. Minnesota has had bad draft decisions and a lack of free agent interest, and that has lead to their poor records.

      • sumkat - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        Bad decisions like drafting big mean with injuries, 2 years in a row

        Or bad decisions like drafting a guy that won’t be here for 3 years?

    • titansbro - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      Just what you have to do to really compete in this league. Sucks, but it is what it is.

      • sumkat - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        They are going to win less than 40 games over 2 full seasons

        Show me the team that did that and is now a contender, pleas

        They don’t exist

      • isaiah007 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        You are right titansbro, and that is why I always maintain that the CBA put in place in 2011 in the worse in the history of sports. All they looked at was how to hurt the power teams, specifically the Lakers!! That whole lockout was about how to make Charlotte and Milwaukee as good as the Lakers and Knicks! Basically don’t try and be good consistently, because then the teams making bad decisions won’t be able to be handed everything. The Spurs, Thunder and Pacers have proven if you are run correctly you can win in any size market. But yet we still have this CBA that hurts everyone but the owners!

    • campcouch - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      Although I don’t get the Saric move (they could’ve gotten a good wing or big man at that spot), I do understand how fighting for a 7 or 8 seed year after year was basically wheel spinning. If that’s all you’re getting with the guys you have and FAs aren’t helping either,might as well blow it up and build.

    • chaser44 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      they can view them as winners for having a plan and sticking to it despite the uninformed trolls. THey spent 10 years after iverson being a 6-10 seed in the east and having 1st round exits while drafting 14-20 each year. The team will be better next season with Noel coming back and the second round picks taking over for the d league players. MCW will have a year of experience and learning under brett brown. They got their 1st round pick back from that terrible andrew bynum trade and will have a top 10 pick again next season, turning the pick they owe to boston into a 2nd. I guess you would have preferred they draft doug mcdermott and win enough games to make the boston pick a 1st and have no 1st round pick next year. Then they are back to spinning their wheels in the 7-10 range in the east. Whoopty doo. now they can let Noel learn for a year and play with MCW, grow and learn the system. Just think the following season they will field Noel, Embiid, MCW and possibly Saric along with the lottery pick they saved from boston. They told all of us fans its a 3-5 year rebuilding process and they are sticking to the plan. They are right on schedule.

  16. florida727 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    I’m biased as a Bulls fan, but I like what they did and what I heard (if it’s true) last night. McDermott stretches a defense because of his range, plus he’s a guy that can create his own shot if needed. That does two things: 1) opens the driving lanes for Rose, and 2) IF they can get Carmelo, minimizes the double-teaming he’d face. They, alledgedly, are going to amnesty Boozer, which means they’d eat his salary but free up cap space to offer a max deal to Carmelo. If that happens, I like their potential rotation of Rose, Carmelo, Noah, Taj Gibson, etc., with McDermott getting some serious minutes.

    Man, there’s a lot of IFs in that paragraph. Oh well, dare to dream, right?

    • connorchew - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Except taj’s contract would make it impossible to offer the max as well. A boat load? Yes. But not the max. That being said, I think he’ll sacrifice some money to play on a good team. If he does accept a max offer, chances are he isn’t honest in saying that getting rings is his number one priority

  17. mvp43 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    The Bucks struck gold with Parker last night. It was an obvious pick for most, but unless you follow the team closely, you’ll know that had Senator Kohl still owned the team……. anything could have happened. He very well could’ve traded that pick for 3 washed up old guys with bad knees.

    The Bucks are winners because they made the pick they were suppossed to. That’s a good start!

  18. peddealer - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Maltliqour… What did u think of the draft?

    What do you think of the Mavs trade?
    Think a lignup of Chandler, Dirk, Free Agent, Ellis, Shawn Marrion and hopefully another move besides rolling the dice on Felton IMO

    • urallstupid - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      lets see, a starting lineup average age that’s over 40. good team imo.

  19. seansull83 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    So it is official, Boston going in for the long rebuild. Getting Smart just made the Rondo trade very likely. Sad but this was a possibility if we didn’t get Love. But if we keep our young guns would be interesting to see an Olynyk, Sullinger, Smart, and 2 others get on the court a couple years from now.

    • j0esixpack - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      The Love trade could still happen – but Ainge is now prepared if it doesn’t

      My guess is that Ainge is prepared for all scenarios. While he’d probably prefer a Rondo/Love base, if there’s no Love there’s no need to keep Rondo – and as with Saunders’ demands for Love, Rondo could result in some decent players for the Celtics, plus even MORE 1st round picks.

      All of those picks are keys to trading for other proven commodities during the rebuild as well

      It’s just going to take longer without a trade for Love

      But draft Smart doesn’t mean anything’s been decided about Rondo or Love – it just means that the Celtics are prepared for that scenario. That’s just being smart.

  20. luz56 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Certainly Boston did well with the top 2 picks… Gordon went sooner than I thought… No winners or losers… Got to wait 2-3 years ..

  21. andreboy1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    You could buy a whole row of 76er seats for $15 bucks last year. If this doesn’t work then it’s a complete disaster for the team and city. This type of losing and tanking must have a payoff or it’s a waste of the fan’s time.

    • sumkat - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      I can live with wasting my time. I’m a Philly fan, I’ve seen enough bad teams over the years that I’ve already wasted countless hours of my life, what is a few more?

      But, I won’t waste any more of my money with these bums, I’ve had my season ticket since my 18th birthday (going into the 98-99 season). I called and cancelled them first thing this morning. They can tell me about how I need to be patient when I’m not giving them 3k, and maybe I won’t want to choke them, while screaming “what kind of moron would pay for this?”

      maybe, but doubtful

  22. irvfin3 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    This is why teams should not draft by best player available! What if your team is already good at that position? Many teams drafted positions that they have quality starters at. They should draft by need!

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