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Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge has already addressed the media and said that, "Expectations are high... No guarantees on big things. Just a lot of hope." However in order for the Celtics to continue to improve, they are going to need big things to happen fast, or they will continue to be a bottom-4 seed in the East. As fans, we love to watch our teams make the playoffs, but in Boston, the fan base demands championships and, as shown by this year's team, they're not there yet.
With a little help from the idiotic GM of the Brooklyn Nets, Billy King, the Celtics are poised to have a really high pick in this year's NBA Draft (15.6% odds of landing number 1 pick, 46.9% top 3). But if I'm Danny Ainge, if this pick is top 3, I'm looking to deal that pick immediately. Trading a top 3 pick in the draft to a rebuilding team with a superstar is just as good as giving up a solid NBA player.
First team to get the call, the Kings. The Kings are a total mess, as they seem to have fired more coaches in the past 5 years than I have years on this earth. They continue to lose, and not even seem to improve; seemingly wasting the talent of their superstar big man, Demarcus Cousins. Boogie is an absolute beast on the court, but has been scrutinized for his antics on the court, the sideline, and in the locker room. But there is no question that this man can play, and his fire and passion would be greatly appreciated in the Boston sports world.
You just need to tame him.
Boogie provides something that would be idiotic for Boston to take in the draft with a top 3 pick, an inside presence that can defend down low. The closest person that can compare to him is Brice Johnson, who may still be available as the Celtics 2nd first round pick at 17.
Besides, it is too risky to take a flyer on a kid, Ben Simmons, who still has questions looming about if he can handle pressure in the final stretch of games. So why not trade that top 3 pick in a package deal for a proven NBA Superstar?
By trading for Cousins, you also open the window in getting Durant. Isaiah Thomas isn't enough to persuade a marquee player of Durant's caliber to come to Boston, so by adding another star, you're only making it harder for him to say no.
So why risk drafting a bust when you can form a Big 3 right now?