The Boston Celtics could assemble a 'superteam' featuring (L-R) Anthony Davis, Paul George and Isaih Thomas.
THE 76ers are cashing in, letting The Process finally reach a step in which maybe, possibly, they can win games.
What their trade partner has up his sleeve is more muddled.
The trade that has sent shockwaves through the NBA all weekend — Philadelphia acquires Boston’s No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s draft in exchange for the No. 3 and a future first-rounder — became official Monday, signalling the 76ers are serious about winning now and the Celtics are planning … something.
There are a number of possibilities for what Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is thinking.
Celtics fans watched presumptive top pick Markelle Fultz, the point guard seemingly everyone feels is the best player in the draft, slip from their hands. Why?
THE CELTICS DON’T THINK FULTZ IS THE BEST IN THE DRAFT
The Celtics have seemingly passed on picking up Markelle Fultz in the NBA draft after their trade with Philadelphia.Source:AP
Or at least not the best fit for them. The Celtics reportedly are intrigued both by Duke’s Jayson Tatum and Kansas’ Josh Jackson, two 6-foot-8 forwards who are projected to last past Philly now at No. 1 (Fultz) and the Lonzo Ball-obsessed Lakers at No. 2. If the Celtics felt Fultz isn’t the draft’s sure-fire best player, acquiring another pick with the player they crave would be smart and give them a bit more cap room, with a No. 3 pick being cheaper to sign than a No. 1.
“We think there’s a really good chance the player we’ll take at 3 is the player we would have taken at 1,” Ainge said Monday.
Or they could have had a concern with the cohabitation of Fultz and Isaiah Thomas. Their miniature point guard was an MVP candidate last season on the Eastern Conference’s best team (by regular-season record, at least), and adding a similarly explosive player who thrives with the ball in his hands could have caused problems. With Tatum or Jackson, that problem is gone.
A BIGGER MOVE IS COMING
The Celtics made a ludicrous haul of assets even heftier. They have a solid roster of good players, if not superstars, led by Thomas and Al Horford and complemented by Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley. But draft picks are the most coveted and easiest to trade, and Boston is overflowing. Inside the treasure chest is next year’s Nets top pick (of course), along with six other first-rounders in the next three drafts. Instead of cashing in, they’re somehow still stockpiling, with legitimate stars in Paul George and Jimmy Butler dangling on the trade market. Unless, of course …
AN EVEN BIGGER MOVE IS COMING
Rumors have swirled about the availability of New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, one of the best players in the world and one the Pelicans haven’t been able to surround with enough talent. In a conference with the otherworldly Warriors, the Pelicans are not truly playing for a title, and if anyone has the goods to extract the 6-foot-11 superstar, it’s the Celtics.
AN EVEN BIGGER MOVE IS COMING — LATER
In 2018, when the Warriors’ super-team could be undone by Kevin Durant’s (possible next) free agency and when LeBron James could take his talents elsewhere, the Celtics could be sitting there with a bevy of picks and talent as the path opens for another team to challenge for the championship. Maybe it makes sense to delay until the Celtics can seize their moment.
وهذا ما تم معرفته ونشرته لكم من مصادرنا الموثوقة، لمتابعه اخر الاخبار الخليجية والعربيه تابعنا بإستمرار لتبقى عينك على الحقيقة العربيه.