With the sixth pick, the Celtics take Marcus Smart. I like it. That’s my analysis so far. We’ll update this with some quotes shortly. For now, comment away. The 17th pick looms.
Here’s some thoughts from Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck (and some thoughts on those thoughts).
“Our guys have been focusing on Marcus for several weeks. We really liked the top six guys in the draft quite a bit. We thought he was exceptional in a lot of ways.”
Not much to add here. Smart has a lot of question marks, but there’s a lot of things to like about him. Boston undoubtedly loves his attitude, his defensive effort and his competitiveness. I love all those things as well.
Here’s Wyc on Rondo:
“It’s interesting, that wasn’t a topic of conversation tonight. We have confidence in Brad that he can manage a roster…That’s a strategy when you are rebuilding, you take the best available athlete and then you work it all out.
“I don’t think this has anything to do with Rajon Rondo.”
This is what Wyc is expected to say, of course, but he was very emphatic that this pick didn’t affect Rondo’s status with the Celtics. We’ll see.
Are there still fireworks in the cards?
“I always said fireworks were a possibility, but it takes two to tango, and there just hasn’t been that much movement tonight…We’ll keep working the phones.”
For what it’s worth, Wyc even referenced Trader Dan. It’s tough to imagine the Celtics will just take the 17th pick and chill.
Wyc agrees. On acquiring a second-round pick:
“I wouldn’t be surprised. If they want to do that, it’s fine financially, of course. There are limits on what you can spend. (Under the salary cap) you can spend $3 million in a year and we spent $1.4. We have 1.6 to go get a pick. I know we have people we are interested in in the second round.”
So much potential talent will still be available. But before then, the Celtics have the No. 17. Here we go.
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