Of course, this would seemingly come with the territory of trading away three of your top-five scorers and head coach for a bevy of future assets and contract fodder. Getting just a half season from Rajon Rondo won't help either.
June's draft is something Danny Ainge and the Celtics have had their eye on for some time. As college hoops nears its midway point, we can begin to evaluate the top picks and who might land in New England for 2014-15 and beyond.
In a recent chat with the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, Ainge stated the importance of drafting well.
I’ve always believed that you build through the draft. And whether those drafted players are Al Jefferson, who you love, and Delonte West, who we developed and loved, and then move them for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen — or whether those draft picks turn into Rajon Rondo or Paul Pierce and they’re with you forever.
Boston has a few specific needs right now. Given the news that Ainge is interested in extending Rondo, it is unlikely the Celtics will be too interested in drafting a point guard in the lottery.
Depending on their feelings on Jared Sullinger's breakout season, they may look away from the power forward position as well.
However, when it comes to a legitimate center, scoring guard or small forward, the Celtics should be all ears. Before that, though, they need to be all eyes on these prospects.