ESPN’s Chad Ford, writing at True Hoop, suggests the Celtics may not be long for this draft:
The Celtics are open to moving out of the draft altogether if they can trade their pick for a young player. The Celtics have a $2.4 million trade exception that would allow them to take back a young player without having to send anything in return other than the 25th pick.
Ford is usually plugged into Boston’s thinking and Butler has worked out for the Celtics twice in the last week. So, if you’re handicapping this thing, he’s probably your favorite. But this new insight into Danny Ainge’s thinking makes sense, given the Celtics’ need to stock the roster with bodies ready to contribute next season. Ainge may see more value in a guy who’s got a year or two of experience in the league than any of the flotsam and jetsam kicking around at the back end of the first round.
Also, there was a surprisingly surprised reaction to SI’s Chris Mannix’ appearance on WEEI yesterday, when he suggested that Ainge would be willing to trade anyone on the roster, including Rajon Rondo.
Isn’t this common knowledge by now? Ainge, as much as any GM in the league, is willing to move anyone if he thinks it will bring the C’s closer to a championship, or multiple championships. He’s been upfront about that fact for a long time. That doesn’t mean he’ll get the kind of offers that would make him pull the trigger, but he’s got the pistol loaded. Of that, there’s no doubt.
Programming Note: we’ll have an open thread for the draft tonight where you can respond to the picks, the trades and whatever the Celtics decide to do. We’ll have additional analysis straight from the C’s draft HQ at the TD Garden afterwards.