|10 trades worth the Celtics’ while: Part 1||12.17.14 at 8:13 pm ET|
A major theme of the rebuilding Celtics has been that no player is safe from being traded for the betterment of the team – something Danny Ainge has shown the willingness to do throughout his career. The Celtics have been one of the most active teams pursuing trades of late, according to Yahoo Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, who also reported the C’s have showed “renewed wiliness to trade Rajon Rondo.” While it’s just speculation at this point, we’ll be rolling out 10 trades that could make sense for the Celtics (in a 10-part series) — some involve moving Rondo, some building around Rondo and some just collect more assets as Ainge has been doing all along. Again, these specific trades are not rumors, simply ideas. This is Part 1.
With the Rondo news breaking Wednesday night — along with word Boston would prefer to send him West — let’s start this series on that theme. The Kings were a team we know had interest in Rondo, but talks in the past have fallen apart. Here’s a new proposal:
KINGS GET: Rajon Rondo
Ainge would likely demand Sacramento include a first-round pick as well, but the problem is the Kings can’t offer one until 2017. Rondo’s value certainly is not at it’s peak right now, so a package like this could realistically be one of the best Ainge sees.
Before shaking your head at the move, remember all three of the players the C’s would be getting in return are top-eight picks in the draft (Williams No. 2 in 2011, McLemore No. 7 in 2013 and Stauskas No. 8 in 2014). Although it is probably time to put the “bust” label on Williams, his $6.3 million would come off the books at the end of the season.
What the Celtics really get in return is two young, promising wing prospects in McLemore and Stauskas. McLemore is averaging 11.6 points in his second year in the league since departing Kansas following his freshman campaign. Stauskas is averaging just 3.6 points so far in his rookie season, but is doing so while playing only 14 minutes per game.
Stauskas was labeled as one of the best shooters in this past draft when he left Michigan as a sophomore. It’s still very early in his career, but if he were to improve, Boston could get a much needed shooter in the young Stauskas. McLemore is a good shooter in his own right, but also has the all-around potential to be a great scorer from all areas of the court. He was selected in a weak draft class, but many had him penciled in as the No.1 overall selection at the time.
The trade would likely hinge on Sacramento’s willingness to include a future first-rounder — something Ainge presumably will require no matter how many prospects he is receiving in exchange for his point guard. The Kings would then have their own Big Three of sorts, built around Rondo, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. Boston would get their wish of keeping Rondo out of the East, while adding three quality assets including the draft pick. A move like this would undoubtedly put C’s rebuild in full tilt.
|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Team’s biggest needs||06.23.14 at 10:28 am ET|
With Celtics fans focused on the fantasy of acquiring players like Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony, it’s easy to forget the plentiful attractive options in the 2014 NBA draft. With two first-round selections and the versatility to move or add more picks, fans should still be excited about the chance of building through the draft.
That’s one reason I published my 2014 NBA Draft Guide as a means of putting all of my research into one convenient 115-page package for fans and readers to download. This article includes a more in-depth look at what’s included for each club in the “team needs” section of the book, but watch the video above to find out what else is included in the guide, which can be downloaded by clicking here.
The Celtics roster needs a lot of work this summer, but the three biggest draft needs are a rim protector, a sharpshooter and a go-to scorer. Below are five options for each need that could be addressed with either the No. 6 or 17 pick. Click on each player’s name to discover a more complete draft profile.
|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Michigan SG Nik Stauskas||05.15.14 at 9:00 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.
Position: Shooting guard
Weight: 200 pounds
Key 2013-14 stats: 17.5 points, 3.3 assists, 44.2 3PT%, 82.4 FT%
Scouting report: Stauskas is a fairly safe pick since the NBA will always have a need for players who can spread the floor and shoot 3-pointers at a high level. At worst, Stauskas projects as a 3-point shooting specialist, though he brings more to the table.
Stauskas possesses excellent shooting mechanics, as proven by his ability to hit shots from all over the court and score equally as well on both attempts off the dribble or the catch. With pure athleticism and fantastic footwork, Stauskas will have no problems getting his shot off in the NBA.
But the 6-foot-6 Canadian (who prepped at St. Mark’s in Southboro) is considered a potential lottery pick because of the other intangibles he brings. Stauskas isn’t expected to be an isolation scorer, but he could work as a secondary pick-and-roll ball-handler, as he can penetrate the lane, finish in the paint or accurately dish the ball out to the perimeter.
With below-average lateral quickness, Stauskas will initially struggle defending NBA wings, but there is hope he improves as a team defender. Stauskas added 16 pounds of muscle and six inches to his vertical during the 2013 offseason, which took his game to the next level, so teams should expect him to at least become an adequate defender. Even if he doesn’t, the team that drafts him is getting a player that will knock down 3’s at a 40 percent clip, and there is a lot of value there.
How he fits: Stauskas would make an immediate impact for the Celtics because of his versatility as a shooter, but they probably would have to trade up from 17 into the back of the lottery to have a chance at selecting him. If Avery Bradley signs with another team, the need for a replacement shooting guard will be significant.
The Detroit News: Stauskas gives Michigan a shot
Video: Here is a video of Stauskas shooting the lights out against Iowa.
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