Zeller and Kidd-Gilchrist are solid players, but for now, they don’t project to produce at levels at or above expectations for no. 2 and no. 4 picks; Charlotte has been willing to discuss Zeller in trade talks with several teams, sources say.
The Celtics offered four first-round picks for the chance to move up from no. 16 to no. 9: that 16th pick, no. 15 (acquired in a prearranged contingency deal with the Hawks), one unprotected future Brooklyn pick, and a future first-rounder from either the Grizzlies or Timberwolves, per sources familiar with the talks.1
Some members of Charlotte’s front office liked the Boston deal, but Michael Jordan, the team’s owner and ultimate decision-maker, preferred Kaminsky to a pile of first-rounders outside the lottery, per several sources. That’s justifiable, if you think your guy at no. 9 has a chance at stardom. The talent gap between no. 9 and no. 15 is real; ask Boston how it felt to squeeze into the playoffs, get demolished by a Cavs team in chill mode, and watch Justise Winslow fall right where it could have picked had it won three fewer games.
It doesn’t take a deep in-between-the-lines read of Crawford’s social media activity to know where the Clippers stand with him. He’s been repeatedly asked whether or not he’ll be a Clipper next season on Twitter, and he’s issued responses like “I’m not a (free agent), wish, but I’m not … So, (you) gotta ask Doc.”
When the media has asked Rivers about Crawford’s future with the team, he’s said the team wants to have him back because he appreciates his unique ability to score off the bench. However, persistent trade rumors and other events this summer might have Crawford feeling differently.