By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on June 25, 2014
No one knows for sure what the Boston Celtics plan to do tomorrow on Draft night, but Danny Ainge will surely be a busy man. The general manager is faced with countless possibilities as he shapes the future of the Celtics. Boston currently owns the No. 6 and No. 17 pick as well as plenty of ammo to make some moves. Here are five things they will do for the 2014 NBA Draft.
Embiid is either the next Greg Oden, Kwame Brown or Hakeem Olajuwon reincarnated. In other words, he is a high-risk, high-reward player. He has the potential to be something special, but his recent injury will cause him to slip right in the hands of the Celtics. Ainge will not let an opportunity like this get away from him. The Celtics also need big men who can protect the rim. Embiid is good value at No. 6.
The Kevin Love rumors will be put to bed once "Trader Danny" completes a deal with the Sacramento Kings for the No. 8 pick, Ben McLemore and Isaiah Thomas. If the Kings acquire Rondo's best friend Josh Smith, this deal could be in the bag. The Los Angeles Lakers could be another possible trade partner for the Celtics. As long as Boston gets a top-10 pick in return, it's a good trade.
With the No. 8 pick from the Kings, or No. 7 with the Lakers, the Celtics will select Rondo's replacement. Smart isn't the facilitator Rondo is, but he's a leader who has a unique drive to win. He can score in a variety of ways and gives it all he has on the court. A determined competitor like Smart is a great fit in Boston.
Saric's draft stock is considerably falling since he will not be able to play in the NBA for two more years. However, I bet Ainge is willing to wait. Saric is a point forward with a unique skill set and could be a nice future piece. If he's the best available at No. 17, then the Celtics should take him regardless of his situation.
This draft is too deep for Danny Ainge to stop at No. 17. There's a good chance he will be looking to obtain a pick somewhere in the mid-twenties if a player he likes is available. He could use multiple second-round picks or a future first-rounder to get a deal done. With a late pick, the Celtics will draft P.J. Hairston. Hairston is one of the best shooters and will be a solid addition to the young, talented team the Celtics will be.
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