Danny Ainge held court with the media on Tuesday night after the NBA Draft Lottery results were revealed. Here are a few of his more notable answers of the evening, including the prospect of dealing away the team’s draft picks this year for veteran help.
On a value of the sixth pick in a potential deal for a veteran: “The sixth pick has serious value. How serious? I don’t know yet. We haven’t had a chance to talk about it or explore that even. We will look into exploring that now that we have some clarity where we are [in the draft].
On whether the team could move in the draft: “I do think that’s a possibility, moving up [with the 6th and 17th picks]. Moving down is also a possibility and moving out or using those picks are all options. We will explore all of those things.”
On depth of 2014 NBA Draft: “I think having the number one pick is not an easy task. I’d like to have that task, but it’s not an easy choice. The first handful of picks, including our pick it won’t be easy. There will be choices there that have a lot of potential. I don’t think anyone is going to come in and change the face of our franchise out of the gate, but I do think there is some good quality in this draft.”
On whether the team’s position in the draft will change their thought process on making moves: “We would have tried to do something with the pick [no matter where it landed], including keep the pick. We are still in the same boat now, we just have less value now. There is less value in the sixth pick compared to a one or two pick, but we will try to make the best choice. We will have to see what value that pick has around the league and at the same time, we will be evaluating all the players. Usually, people don’t trade those picks, but we will look at all of those options.”
If the Celtics use the pick, will they get a starter-caliber player for next year? “Probably not. This group of guys is very young in this draft. Some are more ready to play than others. That won’t have much of an effect on who we draft, based on their immediate ability to impact our team, but there are some [players] that will be more ready to play than others. I don’t know who will be available at the sixth pick. Time will tell.”
On shaping the team this offseason: “It is exciting. It is fun. This is an exciting time of the year and it’s an exciting time for our franchise. We could do anything from taking the two draft picks and continuing to add to our young talent or we could make some bigger deals than speed up our [rebuilding] process, and everywhere between so I think that everything is possible and it’s going to be a really interesting next month.”
We’ll have much more analysis of the Celtics draft situation coming on the way Wednesday and throughout the rest of this week.