At about 7 o'clock last night, the only over time I was happier to be a Celtics fan was when Boston won the world championship in 2008. Adrian Wojnarowski was reporting that the Celtics had multiple offers for the first round pick, including packages from the Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls. The Boston Celtics were reportedly enamored with Providence point guard Kris Dunn, and if any deal were to happen, it would involve him.
After Philadelphia selected LSU forward Ben Simmons and the Lakers selected Duke forward Brandon Ingram, the Celtics controlled the entire draft. The 76ers reported package was the most realistic, and included players that we as Celtics fans had been hearing about for the past 48 hours. Reportedly, Philadelphia was offering Nerlens Noel, No. 24 and No. 26 in last night's draft and Robert Covington for Boston's No. 3 pick. Later, it was reported that Jahlil Okafor may have also been involved in some type of deal.
Additionally, the Chicago Bulls were interested in tangoing with Boston, in a deal that would bring Jimmy Butler to Boston in return for the No. 3 pick, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder. Again, reportedly, Danny Ainge and the Celtics were hung up on Jae Crowder, similar to the Trade Deadline, and did not want to trade him. To be fair, the Celtics were giving up some good players, but they would have been bringing a player to Boston that could bring free agents here. Guys, specifically Kevin Durant, do not want to come to Boston to play with Isaiah Thomas or Jae Freakin' Crowder.
It is important to remember that all of these rumors of potential players coming to Boston and going to other teams are just that, rumors. No one is sure of the exact conversations and deals that Danny Ainge offered and declined with other GMs around the league.
I want to make this perfectly clear: I really like Jaylen Brown. When I was doing my pre-draft research, Jaylen Brown was #1 on my realistic big board for the Celtics. He is an athletic freak, who is NBA-ready and can defend big time players, like LeBron James, because of his size and athleticism. However, Brown's shot is not developed and needs to be worked on by NBA coaches. If Brown can develop his shot, he has the potential to be an all star. It is really that simple. And does anyone think that Danny Ainge would take a player at #3 if they were not certain they could help him improve?
When people at The Garden booed the selection of Brown, they were not booing the player. I think that is an important thing to realize and something that may be lost in the shuffle of all of this. Fans were booing the lack of fireworks that were promised by Celtics majority owner Wyc Grousbeck and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. I do not want to kill the Celtics for not making a move, because there is still a lot of time between now and the beginning of the season, and the Celtics have A TON of cap space. However, I do not believe that this was a step in the right direction.
After Brown, the Celtics selected a bunch of European big men that they will be stashed overseas for a few seasons. Two notable second round picks that were selected was Notre Dame slasher Demetrius Jackson and Providence big man Ben Bentil. Both players could threaten for a roster spot this season, and were fantastic finds late in the draft, as they were thought to be sure-fire first round picks. Check back in later in the day for a complete breakdown of the players selected.
Buckle up, Celtics fans, this could be a long offseason.