Andy Katz reports that the Celtics are shopping their 19th pick in tomorrow night’s NBA draft. (ESPN)
According to a source close to Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, the Celtics have put their first-round pick in the NBA draft — No. 19 overall — on the market Wednesday, looking for a suitor.
Ainge hasn’t been enamored with anyone at the spot, according to the source, and is willing to get a return of a future pick.
This doesn’t mean the Celtics will definitely trade the pick. All it means is that Danny Ainge is exhausting all measures to see how he can best improve his ballclub.
Here’s Chris Forsberg’s view:
Boston’s desire to flip the pick will likely depend on the activity in the 18 spaces before them. The team might not be enamored with the bodies they currently project to be remaining by the time their selection comes around, but there’s always the potential a lottery-type player slips within the Celtics’ reach.
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge is likely examining the market that exists for that No. 19 pick and considering whether the talent available in that range is outweighed by the value in moving the selection. If Boston thinks it can get the same style of player at No. 19 at the latter stages of the first round, or into the second, it makes complete sense to trade down the board.
I want the Celtics to keep the pick, if only because it will make draft night a whole lot more interesting.