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Danny Ainge will commit to nothing/everything re: Celts draft strategy


This smile is all you’re getting

The NBA Draft takes place tonight. Sorry, I can’t get into it. What college hoops has become, coupled with the Knicks having the #48 overall pick, has led to a general ambivalence when it comes to my interest level. That doesn’t mean I’m not still reading up and keeping tabs. But the juice ain’t there.

That said, one interesting team to keep an eye on is the Boston Celtics. The C’s showed that grit doesn’t disappear with age, but it’s clear that the Big Three are heading for a break up. That will all come to fruition in the next week or so. For now, Danny Ainge and the front office possess two first round picks at #21 and #22. The roster is sure to get younger. But what else is certain? Could they package up the picks and trade up? Will they stand pat? Well, all you need to do is listen to Ainge to figure it out:

We might make a trade, but, generally, I mean, I would expect to keep [our picks], because we’re preparing to keep them,” Ainge said. “But we’re also preparing to move up and move back, and move for future picks. There’s all sorts of things that will be on the table on draft night, and I don’t know what we’ll do. Whatever we think is best.

Got that, everyone? They would expect to keep their picks and are preparing to do so. At the same time, they’re preparing to move up and move back and move for future picks. Trades too. Nothing like tipping your hand.

Of course, that’s exactly what they should do. Keep options open and see how the night unfolds. Still, it’s amusing to read as a quote. We’ll see which way Boston heads come this evening. For now, your guess is as good as Danny Ainge’s.

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