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Your Morning Dump… Where Danny Ainge likes 6 guys in this draft

Chuck - Red's Army May 22, 2014 Celtics News, Danny Ainge, Vitor Faverani 14 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. 

“Danny [Ainge] likes a bunch of guys in this draft,” Grousbeck told the Globe. “Our pick is going to put us in that range. Danny is going to like the guy we get. In other words, Danny likes six guys in this draft — well, he likes more than six — but we’ll be all right.

“We’ve done this before, and 6 and 17 isn’t a bad way to start rebuilding.”

But hold on a second. Grousbeck said that Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, “will like the guy they get.”

Does that mean the Celtics plan on using that No. 6 pick as opposed to trading it — say, as part of a package . . . perhaps to Minnesota for Kevin Love?

“I’m assuming for now we’ll keep it,” Grousbeck said. “I’m sure the phone will ring a thousand times between now and draft day, and that’s the fun of it.

“I’ve been looking forward to June for a while, and I told Brad Stevens the other day, ‘Coach, June is going to be a defining moment in your career.’ It’s going to be an amazing month, so let’s see what happens.

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Don’t you just love Wyc? The man is always brimming with confidence.

A little dose of Wyc always makes me feel better about this team. Like when you reach for the warm milk and cookies before bed. Or when you sneak a whiskey nip into your coffee at the office in order to survive that budget meeting.

Danny Ainge likes 6 guys in this draft. I’m pretty sure Ainge would like 8 guys if the Celtics had the 8th pick.

Every spoken word at this point is posturing as the organization contemplates its next big move.

Speaking of big moves, CSNNE’s Sherrod Blakely likes the Celtics chances to land Kevin Love:

As much as the Celtics will publicly downplay how the 2007 moves that brought home an NBA title in 2008 was like catching lightning in a bottle, guess what?

The Celtics are poised to catch lightning again, and they have a bigger — much bigger — bottle to capture it in this time.

By no means does this mean that the C’s are a lock to get a deal done. But they have a chance; a better chance now than they had of landing Garnett, truthfully.

Watch out for the Warriors in the Love sweepstakes. They look ready to shake up their roster. There’s talk of moving David Lee to Orlando for Arron Afflalo which would be a precursor to including Klay Thompson in a deal for Love.

And finally, Vitor Faverani shares a photo of his baby:

The rest of the links:

CSNNE – Celtics including Stevens in draft talk | Wyc: Rondo looks like the old days | Herald – Celtics draft a new plan | ESPN Boston – Ainge says to be ready for anything | Mass Live – Mock Draft round ups |

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  • LA Flake

    Man…What up with all these pop-up ads? I ALREADY HAVE VERIZON!!!

    • Frank Aziza

      Yeah man. This mobile site is messed up

      • LA Flake

        I think we should all donate $5, $10, $20 to Redsarmy so that Chuck and John can maybe go get an iPad/smartphone. Maybe then they’ll know what we’re talking about.

  • bill_nair

    Wonder who he likes. Crazy to think Smart goes in the top two last year and now may go 7th. Not as thrilled with Vonleh anymore after his interview.

  • Frank Aziza

    The Celtics can get Love for sure if they don’t ask him to sign a new deal. I would gamble on a trade for Love on his one year remaining. That gives us a whole year for him to fall in LOVE with boston celtics.

    • Herman Bubbert

      I’m inclined to agree. While I’m not a Rondo knob-slobberer, I suspect the easiest way to resign him – and extend Love – is a little object lesson for both of them on what they can accomplish together.

      • LA Flake

        Rondo, AB, Green, Sully/KO and Love…That’s a not a bad lineup. But…You have two bad defenders in your starting lineup: Rondo & Love. That’s a recipe for disaster in the playoffs if they make it that far.

        OTOH, we have an opportunity to add a beast like Julius Randle, the next Scottie Pippen in Aaron Gordon or a true instigator in Marcus Smart. Hell, even Vonleh or Doug McDermott would be a damn good pick up for us going forward. And most of these guys are STILL IN THEIR TEENS. Which means we have no idea who the best player from this draft class is going to be for another 4-5 years. It could be one of the Big Three. Or it could be Aaron Gordon or someone we have a realistic chance of getting. And I totally trust Danny to make the right pick.

        I’m not giving that up just to bring in Love for 1 year with no guarantee that he’ll stick around.

        • Curt Hays

          If Rondo is one of your bad defenders, then that starting 5 would be just fine. I don’t see Aaron Gordon with any chance to be the next Pippen, but I’d definitely take McDermott at 6th.

          • LA Flake

            I was being harsh on Rondo. He’s a good defender when he wants to be. He just doesn’t want it all the time. Which is very, very frustrating.

            Oh, btw, Aaron Gordon is the next Scottie Pippen. Marcus Smart is the second coming of Gary Payton. McDermott? The white Paul Pierce.

            You will NOT convince me that I am wrong. Wait. I’m out of kool aid. I’ll be right back.

    • Brad P

      Yup, I have NO problem giving up the 6th pick for a potential 1 year rental of Love. Now if it was a top 3 pick, I would curse Danny to no end.

  • adam

    I say he Drafts Gordon or Randolph and puts Sully and Bogans in the deal with a draft pick or 2 for Love. Gordon and Randolph are skinnier more athletic versions of Sully. Not ready to get rid of Olynyk (sp?) just yet.

    • Curt Hays

      They just promised Sully’s dad that they’d get a Center to play with him. I don’t see them letting Sully go.

      • adam

        its business.

  • art

    Whatever happens, Danny should make whatever moves in a short time window. You definitely don’t want to improve enough to be just mediocre. One player does not make a team great. Keven Love would be nice, but that should be only one piece of the solution. Mediocre and crappy draft position are not fun. Danny made the moves in 2007 and we know he is capable of something great. If he has trouble this year, it would be preferable to be bad again next season and go for draft position. Anything but mediocrity. Red never accepted mediocrity and neither will we.