a d-bag… but Danny likes you. Well….. Danny thinks you're kind of a punk
but I'm pretty sure the guys like you. Ok… you know what… just go
take some jumpers, will ya?"
I'll admit… I was a little bit worried as I watched the NBA draft that we'd hear about some kind of Celtics trade. As much as I didn't believe any of the rumors, you can't help but think something is brewing after you're inundated with rumors.
But we're not out of the woods yet. All this quiet means is the Celtics didn't want to trade higher up this draft. Looking at all the picks that were made, I can't think of a single player, other than maybe Blake Griffin, that I really would like to have on this team. As for the Lester Hudson pick at #58, it seems like Danny got the best possible guy at that spot… at least according to Chad Ford:
Celtics' first-round pick was sent to Minnesota in the Kevin Garnett
trade) and drafted a guy who put up huge numbers in college. Hudson is
a combo guard who can shoot, score, pass and rebound. He is old for the
draft and hasn't played against great competition, but at No. 58, you
usually don't find players with his ability.
As for the rumors, Danny came out and reiterated his desire to keep Rajon Rondo
He’s not perfect. He’s a young player that has to get better. We just
don’t like it when you’re late.”
Same song for Danny there… lots of love for Rondo, followed by a little dig. This is all about head games. But Danny did sort of admit to Jessica Camerato that some discussions have been taking place.
said. “Most of them are either made up or completely distorted or three
When something is completely distorted or 3 weeks late… that means there is some truth to it. I don't care that the rumors were reported 3 weeks after they happened… the fact is, the Celtics have been actively pursuing some kind of trade with someone. Maybe not to the extent we think, but it has happened.
As for the rest of the draft, two things of note. First: Ricky Rubio might opt to stay in Spain rather than report to Minnesota. Second: San Antonio is absolutely killing it so far in the off-season. First, they turned 3 nobodies into Richard Jefferson. Second, they eagerly snapped up DeJuan Blair in the second round… getting a first round talent that might be able to contribute immediately. No team has done more to improve themselves this offseason than the Spurs.
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