As the Kevin Love rumors begin to subside, the Boston Celtics are turning their focus on making a splash in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Celtics currently own the No. 6 and No. 17 picks, but are currently looking to move up on the draft board. Do they have enough to land the No. 1 pick in the draft?
It was reported on Wednesday that the Celtics, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers are working on a trade that would send Rajon Rondo to Sacramento, unnamed players to Cleveland, and the first overall pick to Boston. With so many rumors swirling around the last few days, it is difficult to discern which ones to believe. However, Danny Ainge has what it takes to pull off a big move like this, so it does hold some water.
In this trade scenario, Cleveland would most likely acquire the Celtics’ pick at No. 6, the Kings’ pick at No. 8, a young player like Ben McLemore from Sacramento, and an expiring contract like Keith Bogans‘ from the Celtics. Boston could also throw in a future first-round pick for Cleveland to sweeten a deal.
Joel Embiid‘s foot injury has given the Cavaliers pause on what to do with the first overall pick. Trading down for extra picks seems to be the best option. Two Top-10 picks in this draft gives Cleveland plenty of talent if they use them wisely. Sacramento is also in a “win-now” mode and would love to get their hands on Rondo. Josh Smith, Rondo’s best friend, has also been on their radar. Acquiring Smith would increase the chance of Rondo re-upping with the Kings.
The chance to snatch Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker would only speed up the rebuilding process for the Celtics. It would give them a young piece to build around for many years to come. Obtaining the No. 1 pick would be ideal for the Boston Celtics.