Boston Celtics Rumors
If Boston can’t package some of their picks to acquire more talent, the Celtics will look even closer than usual at drafting players from overseas with the intent that they don’t join Boston’s roster for a couple of years.
With eight draft picks [three in the first round and five in the second], the list of players making the rounds will likely be longer than usual. Ainge said he anticipated the Celtics will work out 80-100 players, which is slightly more than they usually do.
The key is to remain as flexible as possible heading into the draft and free agency as Ainge decides whether to double down on the rebuild, or go for broke like he did when he traded a combined seven players and three first-round draft picks for Ray Allen and Garnett in the summer of 2007. “I’m not sure that we have a Paul Pierce on our roster,” he said, “But I do think that we have a lot more things to trade, a lot more things to move (than in 2007). So much depends on the ping-pong balls and where we are. By May 17, we’ll probably know a lot more.”
“My expectations are high this offseason. But I also know that it takes good fortune. We need the ping-pong balls to bounce our way to give us the best opportunity whether we use that pick or we trade that pick. In free agency, we have opportunities. That’s all we have. We have no guarantees of great things happening. We just have a lot of hope,” Danny Ainge said.
“There are scenarios where our team could be better, and be significantly better,” he said, “and there are scenarios where we have younger players who are maybe not as good from a record standpoint, but from a developing standpoint have a much higher ceiling. There is plenty of urgency, believe me, to try to do our Plan A, our Plan B, and our Plan C. But you really have to be careful if those don’t come about with what you do with those assets.”
He declined to comment on impending free agents Evan Turner (unrestricted), Jared Sullinger (restricted) and Tyler Zeller (restricted) — beyond saying that Turner had a “good year” — and said “nothing has been decided” on the contract options for Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson.