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Your Morning Dump… Where the Celtics could move up, down or out of the draft

Chuck - Red's Army May 21, 2014 Celtics News, Draft, The Morning Dump 23 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.

Asked about his willingness to use both the sixth and 17th picks in a trade to get a higher selection (with no mention of Love), Ainge said, “I do think that’s a possibility, moving up. Moving down is also a possibility. And moving out or using those picks are all options. We’ll explore all those things.”

As for whether Mr. Six could be a starter as a rookie, Ainge said, “I don’t know. Probably not. I mean, listen, this group of guys is very young. Some are more ready to play than others. That probably won’t have as much of an effect on who we draft, based on their immediate ability to impact our team. But there’s some that are more ready to play than others, and I don’t know who’s going to be available at 6.

“I don’t think you can get a cornerstone, no,” he added at his current spot in the draft. “Not in this year’s draft. I think you can get a player that is capable of starting on an NBA team and being a starter on a winning team. I think we’ll have our options with a handful of guys. I think it’ll be a very difficult choice, because I feel like through the lottery there are some real projects and then there are also some guys I think can be developed into good, starting NBA players. But I don’t know if there’s any cornerstones.”

Herald

Release the anger. (Screw you Cleveland.)

Feel the frustration leave your body. (What do the draft lottery gods have against us?)

Today we are producing nothing but positive energy about the Celtics future. Omm.

Who cares that the guys likely available at No. 6 (Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh, Marcus Smart) may not be cornerstone players or even impact rookies. Consider them another brick in the rebuild. Omm. 

I’m 99% certain Danny Ainge is going to pull off a major deal with the 6th pick anyways.

Though it may be the last thing Celtic followers who went through this past season will want to hear, sources indicate the club is ready to go through another year of treading water if no blockbuster deals are available.

Not available?

F*ck.

Is it too early to have a beer?

On Page 2, Steve Pagliuca got a jab in on James Worthy.

And Pagliuca still got to enjoy himself. The Lakers, who started the night in the sixth slot behind the Celtics, will pick seventh in the draft. Lakers legend and North Carolina alum James Worthy — a double threat in the eyes of the Duke-educated Pagliuca — was one seat over.

Pagliuca applied the needle by giving Worthy a handful of confetti, saved from the Celtics’ title-clinching Game 6 win over the Lakers in the 2008 Finals.

Herald

Well played, Pags.

No one remembers the result of the 2010 Finals anyways.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Celtics don’t want to try luck again | C’s wind up with 6th pick | CSNNE – Blakely Mock draft | Celtics fans react to lottery slot | Globe – Celtics disappointed, but not surprised |

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  • Jester00

    Never to early to drink!!!!! it is Cleveland they will screw up the pick trust me I live in Ohio

  • CFH

    Wait, you aren’t still drinking from last night?

  • bill_nair

    Well I think we can expect Cleveland to take Vonleh so we might be in good position.

    I guess there’s always love :/

    • CFH

      I’m thinking Cleveland takes Embiid, but Embiid’s back is worse than anyone realized and he goes down Oden road.

  • pierce Hart

    They really need to do something about the draft lottery to stop rewarding teams like Cleveland and Philly, personally I think there should be a subjective panel that judge a team on its approach to the season as well as long term, the Cavs should be banned from ever getting a top 5 pick in the next 20 years.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Forget about ever sending another “Celtic Insider” {Pags, Tommy, ML, etc.} to represent at the lottery. Just grab some anonymous homeless dude off the street 1 hour before the drawing, clean him up, and sit him on the panel behind the Celtic logo. How could he do any worse???

    Now, trade the 6th & 17th picks to Milwaukee for Mallory Edens, the owner`s hot daughter!

    • LA Flake

      We’ll have to give them more for her. I’m ready to offer my wife.

    • david

      And the new kings owner’s daughter. They were the only highlight of the night

      • LA Flake

        The Kings’ daughter is the one you want to date.
        The Bucks daughter is the one you settle down with and have kids.

        Wait…

        I was just informed that I am not allowed to put my wife in any deal unless I’m willing to package our two boys with her. I have to think about this one…Okay. They can have’em.

  • dk

    let this serve as a cautionary tale to the Celtics to never be in the lottery again because we will always get F*%^*d!
    They should definitely impose a rule that if you win the lottery in the last 3 years you cannot win it again or the very least the year before!

    • adam

      Can’t win it two years in a row? I like that idea.

  • LA Flake

    Somewhere between 8 thru 11pm, I convinced myself that Aaron Gordon is the next Scottie Pippen.

    • pierce Hart

      If I had to pick i’d take him or Marcus smart

      • swissflix

        Smart is my pick.

        • LA Flake

          Aaron Gordon is the next Scottie Pippen…Aaron Gordon is the next Scottie Pippen…Aaron Gordon is the next Scottie…

          Oh, God, what is happening to me??? Oh, right. Like I was saying, Gordon is 18 and I’ve been told by my close sources (Youtube and two draft-related sites) that he plays like Joakim Noah. Well, he’s 18 and is said to work like a maniac. Well, if that’s the case, I am willing to go long and bet on this guy to become a stud for us 3-4 years down the line.

    • adam

      I like Julius or Aaron. They both sound like a Sullinger type player but weight less.

  • Michael Biscardi

    If we can’t flip the 6th pick as part of a deal for Love, I’d love to see the Celts trade it to PHX for their 14 and 18. Not sure that McDonough would do it, but Danny always drafts better in the mid-late teens anyway…

  • adam

    Should have sent the kid who is going blind from Australia/New Zealand. Can the NBA really say no to that? I mean they couldn’t say no to the rich son of the Cavaliers owner.

  • swissflix

    If we can get Marcus Smart with the pick we should keep him. Basketball is simply a game of confidence and that guy seems to have it. Having the sixth pick this year is different from having a sixth pick in other years. Hopefully we have a shot at him.

  • CoachAJ

    Ok finally we know where we are selecting and more than likely who will still be there. I say IF DA doesn’t take Smart to bolster the backcourt, he will package the pick move down a few spots and come out of the 1st round with 3 or even 4 new Celtics. Because all of the guys we were looking at will be gone. Smart is the next best player available.

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  • Brian Skerry

    Vonleh, Smart, and Gordon are all guys that will add immediate value to a team. I don’t see any issue trading that pick, + the 17th or future pick for something significant. picks 1-3 are far better than years past, but the same can be said for picks 4-8. hell, guys like Randle and Smart would be #1’s in other years