|Posted by shawn cassidy on May 18, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
The Celtics have just one pick in the June 27 draft, No. 16 overall. That may, of course, not still be the case when the night arrives.
“We’re always having discussions about moving up and moving down and moving out,” said Ainge. “That’s just like every other year. But I don’t know what the chances are of that happening.”
He feels confident the Celts will have choices to make regarding deals involving picks.
“Sure, I think I will have chances,” Ainge said. “It’s always about what price you’ve got to pay to do that — and what are you going to get for that, of course. But there will probably be a lot of discussion, because this draft isn’t as star-studded as some other drafts.
“I think there are good players. There’s just not franchise changers. I’m just hoping we can find a good player.”
And considering the Celtics’ situation, they will not limit themselves when it comes to the type of players on the board when it’s their turn.
“We’re not looking for any one position,” said Ainge. “We’re looking at all the positions. We won’t draft for position. Our draft pick won’t reflect our needs. Our draft pick will reflect who we think is the best talent available.”
Danny did the right thing last year when he picked the best player available at the 21st pick. Sometimes Danny feels a need with the roster,and that can be the wrong approach. I think you need to pick the best player left. Danny filled both roles last season. He picked the best player, and filled a need. The Celtics needed bigs and Sully was that big. Melo the other big drafted last year hasn't panned out yet. He's a work in progress. Ainge is known for his big splash on draft night in 2007 when he traded Jeff Green and Delonte West for Ray Allen and Big Baby.
Danny has a history on draft night. All of us will be watching on draft night to see what happens.