Henry Abbott did something rare: he convinced Dan Fegan, a powerful agent who represents John Wall and many NBA players, to allow Abbott to trail him during the chaos of draft day.
Lucky thing for us: Fegan also represents Avery Bradley, the C’s first-round draft pick. And given Bradley’s recent ankle injury, convincing a team to pick Bradley in the top 20 proved to be a lot more work than convincing the Wizards to take Wall. Abbott had an up-close look at the last day of that work, which involved calling all the GMs in the 15-20 range and sending one of Fegan’s agents to spend the day with Bradley’s family in Seattle, where he was instructed to gently prep them for the possibility that Avery might fall far much further than they had expected.
It also involved constructing a way to pitch Bradley to Danny Ainge, Sam Presti and the other GMs in Bradley’s range, and that narrative is an encouraging one for Celtics fans:
After talking it out, he rejects that approach, and settles on a different theme: Bradley is the 2010 version of another Fegan client, Jrue Holiday. The two, he says, are “eerily similar.” Both were touted, coming out of high school, as top five talent. Both played out of position in college, for a team that won less than expected. Both slipped from the top five on the draft board, even though — as goes Fegan’s talk — time will show both are among the best picks in their respective drafts.
Fegan seems able to get any GM, owner or coach on the phone in moments, and does, nearly all day. Larry Bird, R.C. Buford, Danny Ainge, Mark Cuban, Sam Presti … They and many others hear this pitch…
And maybe it works. Fegan delivers his Bradley-as-Holiday talk to Ainge Thursday afternoon, and sure enough the Celtics pluck Bradley 19th.
Go read the whole piece. It’s a fun read, with nice photos alongside.