That suggests he expects Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to make some big moves on draft night.
If Ainge does pull off a big deal or two, it could cost Boston both the sixth and 17th draft picks, as well as a future selection or two. If Ainge deals his first round picks, that doesn’t mean that Trader Dan closes up shop for the night.
In the 2007 trade that cost Boston the fifth overall pick (Jeff Green), Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak for Ray Allen, Ainge had the Seattle Supersonics select Glen Davis for Boston with the 35th pick.
There’s speculation that the Celtics want to get into the second round. In what is considered one of the deepest drafts in years, there will be some good players available.
So who will be this year’s Davis? Or is there an E’Twaun Moore (55th, 2011) to be found? Can Ainge talk a team into drafting the next Leon Powe (49th, 2006) for him again?
With seven teams holding multiple second round picks in this year’s draft (think the Philadelphia 76ers will use all five second round picks?), the opportunity is there for Ainge to get his hands on at least one second round selection.
Seven teams own 19 second round picks right now; that will change on draft night. If the Celtics can acquire a second round selection or two, here are three player recommendations: