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Danny Ainge: 2012 NBA Draft ‘will be better’


WALTHAM — Danny Ainge has crafted a reputation as a GM who isn’t afraid to wheel and deal. Just don’t expect it Thursday night. So, in other words Celtics [1] fans, be patient.

The Celtics president of basketball operations said Wednesday that he doesn’t foresee trading his two draft picks on Thursday to move up for an elite position in the NBA Draft. The Celtics are currently slotted to select at position 25 in the first round and 55th overall in the second round.

“We don’t want to move next year’s pick to [move up] in this year’s draft because the picks we have aren’t good enough to get to the very, very top of the draft and we think next year’s draft will be better,” Ainge said.

The Celtics will get a 2012 first-round pick via their Feb. 24 trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder [2] for Kendrick Perkins [3]. It will be the less favorable pick from either the Minnesota Timberwolves [4] or Los Angeles Clippers [5], and is “Top-10″ protected.