Should Boston Celtics Keep the First Pick or Not? Team Entertaining Offers?

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 05/18/17 04:07AM EDT
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Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousberg says they intend to keep the first pick on the 2017 NBA Draft.(Photo : YouTube/CLNS)

The ping-pong balls went, as expected, down Boston Celtics' way. The next question for team executives, therefore, is whether to keep the pick or trade it to a proven veteran?

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck told CSNNE that they are not taking their no. 1 pick lightly. While a superstar can indeed be had by dangling the pick, it comes with a cost. "If you're going to trade these picks for an established star making max, you've got to send max money out the door as well," he said. "So you've got to send more guys along, so this guy coming back had better be the second coming."

Also, the superstar will be paid a lot of money, which means the team will hit the luxury tax if the money is counted against the cap. In contrast, picking the right guy for their no. 1 pick will help the team going forward. "So if you can get a really good guy with this pick, you've got him, you can build with him, you can coach him up," he said.

However, the two prospective top picks in the draft are Markelle Fultz of Washington and Lonzo Ball of UCLA. They both play point guards, a position already ably filled by Isaiah Thomas, who is averaging 28.9 and 5.9 assists.

Josh Jackson, the projected third pick, can play small forward but there's a glut in that position in the Celtics as they already have Jrae Crowder, Gerald Green and Jaylen Brown. What the no. 1 pick offers, however, is leverage.

According to the report, Jimmy Butler and Paul George have been on the radar of the Celtics for some time now. The no. 1 pick should give plenty of grease for the talks to push through and come up with a win-win solution for the teams involved. Nevertheless, it's a good problem to have for the Celtics, and all questions will be answered during the NBA Draft 2017, which will take place on June 22.



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