IS BOSTON READY TO MAKE A MOVE?
June 25, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Now that the NBA season is history and the free agents are starting to make headlines before the NBA draft, it’s time to do some dreaming as a Boston Celtics fan and part owner. Boston has struggled over the last couple of seasons and it’s time to turn this thing around right now.
Boston made a splash back in 2008 by acquiring Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to go along with Paul Pierce and as they say, the rest was history. Before we talk about free agents let’s look at where Boston’s is at in the draft. The Celtics have the #6 selection and the #17 pick in the first round. Draft Express is predicting Boston will take Marcus Smart out of Oklahoma State at #6 and Forward Dario Saric from Croatia. NBA Draft.net has Australian guard Dante Exum and forward TJ Warren out of NC State. CBS Sports has Kentucky forward Julius Randle at #6 and Saric at #16.
So what will benefit the Celtics more, drafting at #6 and #16 or looking to trade those picks and get serious in the free agency market? Boston has a nice stockpile of draft picks in the future and they have some nice young players. So why not go out and get the missing pieces?
Boston needs a defensive post player. How about Houston’s Omer Asik? Brandon Bass and Jeff Green may fit in well at Houston. Minnesota has an unhappy Kevin Love. Send the two picks along with Forward Jared Sullinger to Minnesota for Love. Love would bring a true scoring a rebounding threat to Boston.
The Knicks have several picks coming in the next couple of seasons so how about going after Tim Hardaway Jr. or Iman Shumpert. Detroit is looking to go in a different direction so how about getting Greg Monroe? Yes, Monroe is set to make a lot of money but send them Jeff Green and the #16 pick and Boston can get a center they really need…now! Boston needs to talk with the LA Clippers about DeAndre Jordan if they are willing to listen. LA has one pick (#28) this year and no first rounder next season.
And finally, how about free agents Carmelo Anthony or Lebron James? Yes everybody wants these two including the Lakers, Knicks and Heat but why not Boston! Boston is rich in tradition, they will have several young players and they could have a “new” big three if they can keep Rajon Rondo, add Kevin Love and either Anthony or James. If Danny Ainge can get it done, Boston will be a winner again and can do it quickly!