The Celtics have decisions to make beforehand, choosing who they want to bring back or shop in the trade market. However, the direction they see the draft going, or route they want to take with their picks, could influence those free-agency decisions.
General manager Danny Ainge has had a so-so track record with the draft. This isn't entirely his fault, because the Celtics, as a result of their playoff appearances, haven't been in great position lately. The fact remains, though, that of the last 10 players Ainge has taken, only Jared Sullinger and Avery Bradley have played meaningful roles with the franchise.
The good news is both of those players were late first-rounders. That is where the Celtics will be set up in June. By virtue of finishing with the second-worst record among playoff teams, they will pick at No. 16, just behind the Milwaukee Bucks and the lottery teams.
There are some glaring needs that must be addressed by Ainge, and the draft is a great spot to cure a position or two.