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Your Morning Dump… Where the Celtics are really big on Dante Exum

Chuck - Red's Army May 15, 2014 Celtics News, Draft, Paul Pierce, The Morning Dump 29 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Sherrod Blakely has the Celtics taking the 6-6 combo guard from Australia with the 4th pick in his latest mock draft. Let’s all pray the C’s end up in the top 3 when the draft order is determined on May 20.

Exum will be the star attraction at today’s draft combine in Chicago:

Dante Exum, on the other hand, has chosen to eliminate some of the mystery. The Australian guard — some say he’s a playmaker, others more of a combo guard — has been something of a phantom beyond his exceptional performance during last year’s under-19 World Championship in Prague.

For now, he’s considered a possibility somewhere between the fourth and eighth picks. Perhaps even more than fellow combine attendees Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State combo guard), Noah Vonleh (Indiana power forward) and Julius Randle (Kentucky power forward), Exum has a chance of cracking the top three.

That may especially hold true if Exum can convince scouts that he’s a point guard who, at 6-foot-6, has the length and athleticism to guard the position.

Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Dante Exum could be our backcourt rotation next year unless Danny Ainge makes a move.

On Page 2, Paul Pierce says his tank isn’t empty yet.

Pierce said after the Miami Heat‘s series-clinching 96-94 Game 5 win over the Nets that he believes he still has a year or two left in his tank. Where the unrestricted free agent-to-be will play next is uncertain.

“I haven’t really put much thought into it,” Pierce said of what his future holds and if he wants to remain a Net. “I put my whole focus into this season, it’s my last year of the contract. I will sit back and talk to the family and see where my options are from there and go from there.”

Pierce, 36, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Nets own his Bird Rights, which allows them to offer him more money than any other team.

“I think I still have something in the tank I can give a team,” he added. “Maybe one or two (years) at the most.”

Kevin Garnett, 37, has one year remaining on his contract but has contemplated retirement in the past. Garnett did not speak after the game.

ESPN New York

Pierce needs to get the hell out of Brooklyn. That team is going nowhere. Clippers?

KG will retire. It’s time.

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  • Jester00

    KG is Bizzaro R Kelly’s Bump and Grind his mind is telling him yes, but his body, his body is telling NO!!!!!!

  • swissflix

    The whole year with the Nets was borrowed time for KG.

    • Curt Hays

      If enough people keep saying he’s washed up, he’ll keep playing and play harder. Let’s keep doubting him!

      • NE_Celt

        KG retires, Celtics hire him as a assistant coach in charge of player development, F-bombs fall once again from the locker room and bench, young players become KG disciples and school the league with their new teachings. PP comes back to play one last year and retire a Celtic and show the young players how to be a tough and crafty pro on the court…and all is right in the world….the end.

        • Curt Hays

          PLEASE I hope that comes true! F bombs once again hang in the rafters of TD Garden.

        • RedsLoveChild

          For us, KG & PP are pleasant memories who belong to “yesterday”…not tomorrow.

          Ainge is wise enough to know that sentimentality and nostalgia has no place in sports, particularly when you`re trying to build for the future.

          KG will quietly retire to Malibu…Pierce will try to latch on to a contender.

  • Victor M.

    What about the possibility of PP coming back to the C’s? I know other teams can offer him more, but it would be the chance of him retiring here and be a mentor to these young players coming. Would he be willing to take that role and accept less money? Do the C’s want him?

  • tvor03

    Come home, Truth!

  • dk

    what a joke that game was–to the inexecution by the Nets (jesus at least get a shot off) to the dubious calls. It’s not enough the Heat have the best player in the world but they get the benefit of every call and every break—that foul call on Pierce sitting him again in the 3rd? Ridiculous. Another game BK should have won but blew. And really Lebron you are the 2x champ you need to jump on the scorers table after winning a series in 5 games? Act like you’ve been there before.
    Did anyone see if PP and Allen interacted at the end of the game? I know KG just left…was curious

  • LA Flake

    Exum is intriguing. He could be the star player everyone is overlooking right now. Or….maybe Danny is preparing for the worst and trying to get another team to fall for him.

    IN DANNY I TRUST!

    Paul is such a warrior.
    Ray Allen disgusts me.
    Enjoy retirement, KG.
    The Nets will be a mess next year.

    GOOD FOR US!!!

    • Curt Hays

      Classic misdirection. Danny wants a big. The end.

      Edit: Unless he wants a bunch of undersized power forwards for the next three years…again.

      • tvor03

        He is fond of those.

      • Herman Bubbert

        Agreed. Ainge isn’t going to embark on some five-year rebuild plan to feed the masochism of draftniks. Take a big at 1 through 3, or trade out of the lottery. No projects like Exum, no problem children like Marcus Smart.

        • LA Flake

          Yeah, but what if Exum turns out to be the next Damian Lilard? I’m not saying that’s what he is but in every draft there’s a player(s) who flies under the radar and then, BAM! How did everybody miss that guy??? Happens every year.

          Right now, the consensus seems to be that Embiid, Parker and Wiggins will go 1-2-3 in any order. Fine. But history shows that such consensus is always wrong.

          MKG goes ahead of Bradley Beal.
          Oden picked ahead of Durant.
          9 players get picked ahead of Paul Pierce.
          9 players get picked ahead of Paul George.
          Darko Milicic goes ahead of everybody but LBJ…

          If Ainge believe Exum is the best player or has that glittering star potential, then I’ll support that pick.

          • Herman Bubbert

            Anyone who thinks there are absolutes in any draft is in a serious form of denial.

            Fans are fascinated with Exum because they really don’t know whether he can play or not. And for some bizarre reason, some Celtics fans get more pleasure out of projecting obscure draft picks than they do winning titles. It’s some form of psychosis.

            History suggests Ainge isn’t stupid enough to draft Exum. He spent much pre-draft time in 2007 waxing poetic about the confirmed cadaver Yi,

            It won’t happen. It better not happen, because a mystery player from Australia does NOTHING to advance the rebuild of this franchise.

        • Mikey Amentola

          Exum is not a project. He has as close to a complete game as it gets.

    • swissflix

      that pick next year is gonna be so sweet. I don’t see the Nets getting together a playoff roster without KG and Pierce. Maybe they can do some signing but the pick could still very well be somewhere between 5-10th spot.

      • tvor03

        we don’t have Nets pick next year. We have it this year, 2016, and 2018. And the right to switch in 2017. So we gotta hope the dysfunction continues past next season. Which it most certainly will.

        • LA Flake

          The Nets are guaranteed to suck for awhile if The Truth walks away this summer. They’re mentally too weak and have pieces that don’t mix. Joe Johnson is a certified work horse but his game, his scoring prowess, is fool’s gold. And he and Brook Lopez and DWill just do not mesh. At all. Joe’s an iso player. DWill is a PNR system guy whose contract makes him untradable. And Lopez needs the ball in his hands to be effective and is very injury prone. Something’s got to give.

          If Pierce walks, the Nets are very likely to implode in a year or two. So, like I said, GOOD FOR US!

          Leave, Truth! Do us a solid and let that franchise suck! Come home or go join Doc!

          • tvor03

            DWill also doesn’t have that killer mentality a franchise guy has to have. Kobe’s got it. Lebron took a while to develop it but definitely has it now. Durant has it. PP has it. Rondo has it. I’d like to have seen DWill paired with Dwight. Two pees in a pod those two are.

      • Peter Zachko

        We have the Clippers pick next year, with what is happening there and Sterling vowing to fight would it be a surprise for that team to tank and have Celtics end up with top 10 pick from them ?

        • swissflix

          Honestly i do not think that roster is going to be overhauled soon. Not as long as they have Paul and Griffin and Doc as their coach. Too bad though.

          • Peter Zachko

            not overhauled, I do not believe they will make any additions as long as Sterling fights the sale. I also believe this will be a distraction to the team and they will not preform up to standards as long as this goes on.

  • bill_nair

    I just hope PP doesn’t go to either LA team. I think he goes to the clips though.

    Ima huge fan of what I saw from exum and I hope we get him if Parker or wiggins ain’t available

    • tvor03

      I highly doubt he’d go to the Lakers after spending so much time in Boston. Plus, who would want to be a part of that mess?

      Clippers is a big possibility. It’s his hometown, gets to play for Doc again, compete for a championship, be part of history after Sterling gets ousted.

    • LA Flake

      In an ideal world, PP gives up his desire to get more rings and decides the Celtics’ future is the most important thing and comes back to us to mentor our young wings. It will cross his mind, I’m sure. But he’ll get a lot of offers. Teams like the Clips, OKC and Indiana could definitely use Pierce to put them over the top.

      • dk

        Sadly I think Paul and KG aren’t coming back. I think if KG retires (he does have one more year guaranteed) then Paul leaves. I dont see Paul leaving KG. Have them re-up for one more year in BK then leave (the year we get their draft pick) and it becomes a huge mess.
        If KG retires I see Paul going to clippers assuming the sterling mess is done–or one of the other 2 teams you mentioned.

  • Ron Flanders

    Always, always, always…take the BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE. At #6, it could be Exum.

  • Mikey Amentola

    Anyone who is doubting Exum simply because he is from Australia does not know basketball, nor Dante Exum. There is no mystery. This kid can flat out ball and he is a matchup nightmare. If he played at a school he very well could have been the concensus first overall pick. I would love to see the Celtics STEAL him.