Wyc Grousbeck: Celtics Not Necessarily Interested In Trading No. 1 Pick
- Author: Julie Sanders May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 6:17
The Boston Celtics are in a great place right now. The second overall pick is never guaranteed to become a star, but they will get four years on a rookie scale contract and then match rights through restricted free agency. "It may be another 10 years until it's our turn (to win the lottery) again".
It was the latest captivating performance from a player who delivered so many of them this season for the Sixers, and who will hopefully be back on the court healthy next season after missing his entire first two seasons in the National Basketball Association and playing just 31 games this season in his third year in the league.
Owner Wyc Grousbeck was the lucky charm for a team that, despite its shamrock logo, hasn't had such good fortune in the lottery. You have a young person that you can really help mold and grow with. Assuming they keep the selection, they'll be adding the No. 1 overall pick to a team that's on the edge of championship contention.
Now, no matter how Boston fares against the Cleveland Cavaliers over the next week or two, the Celtics have arguably the brightest future in the league. "That's just a hard trade to make", he said, according to WBZ News' Adam Kaufman.
One can only hope that the Knicks will experience that same success during a momentous and highly influential 2017 NBA Draft. If the Lakers are as insane about UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball as his father, LaVar, is about the idea of his son joining one of the NBA's storied franchises, then Jackson has no shot at wearing that classic purple and gold uniform. Many consider him the third-best prospect in a talented draft class. Legler insists Jackson is not only the best fit for the team in the immediate future but also, over time, will develop into the flawless complement to Sixers bigs Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
And the man who's most responsible for that, Isaiah Thomas, can be tied back to the Garnett-Pierce blockbuster as well.
The draft is June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Fans may not like that. Leading up to the trade deadline a few months ago, rumors were rampant the Celtics were interested in Chicago Bulls All-Star guard Jimmy Butler and Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Paul George. Well, except for that one skill, the one the Sixers desperately need. Kelly Olynyk is a restricted free agent after this season, and a team could make a big offer after his breakout postseason performance. "I didn't know where we were going to land from there, but I was like 'OK, I can breathe now'".
The Celtics could also use a slasher, someone who can get to the basket and fight off defenders.
And as I wrote last night, the best player available might be swingman Josh Jackson, whose jump shot is major question mark. This could also occur on a smaller scale with Jordan Clarkson, who has three seasons and $37.5 million remaining on his deal. Maybe they prioritize the talent of Jackson, Tatum or Isaac over the potential problem it would bring for the playing time of players already on the roster.
Trading the pick is an option as well.
Unfortunately for Boston, all three of those teams are in the same conference. Phoenix was the only team to drop more than one spot in the lottery.
Still, something could open up for Boston.
He may not be the splashy pick at No. 5, but could be a good fit there trying for a Sacramento Kings team trying to fill the void left by DeMarcus Cousins.