Boston’s Potential Pot of Gold
Teams decide who they think the future of their franchise could be. Teams make swift deals involving their picks and players. Sometimes it is like getting gifts from Santa… other times it is like a white elephant exchange.
One team that has a lot of options on the table for tonight’s draft is the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics have already swapped their pick once before tonight. They gave the first pick in the draft to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the third pick, plus a multitude of future picks.
So what will they do with that third pick? Well, they can either attempt to build to win in the near future or attempt to win this next season.
The Celtics can choose to play it safe and just keep their third pick tonight. This would allow them to pick a young player to help their future. This draft is filled with star caliber players. The Celtics already showed that they probably would not choose a point guard by passing up on the opportunity to get Markelle Fultz. They could take a player at the forward spot in either Jayson Tatum or Josh Jackson. Both of these players have great potential and could be great contributors in their rookie year. Having a player in the top-3 does come at a little higher cost, but shouldn’t hurt them too much in terms of funds available to chase a top-tier player in free agency.
This is the less likely option, but the most intriguing in terms of shaking up the NBA. The Celtics could theoretically make a run at “renting” Paul George for this upcoming season. They would have to make the Pacers a better offer than whatever the Lakers will probably set on the table though. It would likely entail the third pick of the draft mixed with two players. Two options for players could be Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley, or Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart. If they could land Paul George and free up enough space in terms of cap room, they could also try to get Gordon Hayward in free agency. This would essentially give them their own big-3, even if it is only for a year. This would make them a viable Eastern Conference threat to dethrone the Cavaliers.
No matter how tonight turns out in terms of the Celtics decision, they are in a win-win situation. It isn’t very often a top team gets to have the number three pick in the draft to add to their already solid lineup.