Boston is aggressively working to move up into the late lottery, if not higher, league sources tell Y!. Celtics own No. 21 and 22 picks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2012
CelticsHub Analysis: Will It Happen?
Before we all get too excited about this, let’s take a step back and look at the reality of the situation. As we all know, Ainge has the 21st and 22nd picks in the NBA Draft. By all accounts, these two picks alone will not be able to get the Celtics into the lottery. I spoke with former CelticsHub and current SI.com writer Zach Lowe on it and he’d be shocked if the C’s two picks this year and a future first round pick would get Boston into the top 10 this year. There’s just not enough value in those late round picks.
So what can Danny add to sweeten up the deal? Not much player-wise. Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo aren’t going anywhere. Neither is Avery Bradley. That leaves JaJuan Johnson (who is probably worth less than a first round pick at this point) and E’Twaun Moore. Neither of those two would put any deal over the top. Since the C’s have no one else signed to their roster at this point, they can’t do any sign-and-trades either until later, leaving out that possibility.
So what’s left for them to do? Realistically, the best Boston can do here is probably get into the mid teens or very late lottery by trading their picks for this year and perhaps a future pick as well. So when your imagining the possibilities right now, think more towards guys in the teens, rather than something further up the draft board. That of course changes if Bradley comes into play here as a trade chip, but I doubt Ainge would even consider moving the 21-year-old at this juncture.
All things considered though, Celtics fans should take this as a good sign. Trading up means taking a player who is more likely to be able to help right away and if this team wants Kevin Garnett to come back and take another run at it, they are going to need all the assistance they can get. A top prospect who may have slipped out of the top-10 in this year’s draft would be a good place to start your offseason if you’re Ainge. Another reason to watch tonight closely.
We’ll have you covered all day (and night) long here at CelticsHub with live coverage and reaction from TD Garden as well. Doc Rivers, Danny Ainge, and whoever the C’s drafted are all expected to speak after the picks. We’ll have reaction for you here at CH.