For not revealing his current medical history, the Boston Celtics decided to pass on Kris Dunn and took University of California Bears Jaylen Brown as this year’s third overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft held in Brooklyn.
The 22-year old Dunn had undergone a surgery to his shoulder during his playing days with the Providence Friars and in the 2014-15 Season, he returned from injury to earn the Big East Player of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year awards.
However, when he made himself available for the draft, his agents would not disclose his medical records that could have given him more traction during the draft.
In the pre-draft reports even the Los Angeles Lakers have expressed their desire to take Dunn but because of not revealing his medical history, the Lakers eventually went for Brandon Ingram.
The Celtics also wanted to know Dunn’s medical records and wanted to schedule a work out with him. But since his medical records were not revealed, the Celtics went for Jaylen Brown instead even though it was not a popular choice for most Celtics’ Fans.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck came out of the war room to address the fans at the TD Garden and was booed by the crowd for picking Brown instead of Dunn. But Grousbeck defended the team’s decision and noted that their emotions should not get the most of them.
“Fourteen years, that’s probably the worst [reaction] I’ve gotten. But I’ll view this as people really care. I’ll view it as I’ve certainly had some of those reactions to when I’ve been at sporting events. Pay your money, you get to come in. Look, we’re a bunch of fans who bought the team. And being a fan means you’re emotional and you’re emotionally invested in the team,” Grousbeck said.
On the eve of the draft, the Celtics were in a mix of trade rumors but Grousbeck explained that he trusted Danny Ainge in his judgment that till the last minute of the draft there no appealing offers for them to surrender their No. 3 pick.
He added that had there been an interesting offer, they could have simply unloaded their pick for an offer that will surely help them in the direction that they will be taking next season.
“In terms of trades, we weren’t even close to any of the offers today. None of them were even in the mix. So that’s just the way it is. If they were close, we might have stretched. We didn’t feel anything was close, and we would give counter offers, and I didn’t feel it was close,” Grousbeck added.
Aside from taking Brown, the Celtics also selected French power forward Guerschon Yabusele with the No. 16 pick and Croatian center Ante Zizic at No. 23. The Celtics then selected Michigan State power forward Deyonta Davis at No. 31 and took in Serbian swingman Rade Zagorac at No. 35.
The Celtics would then send them to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the Los Angeles Clippers’ 2019 first-round pick, which is owned by Memphis, a source told Jeff Goodman as reported by ESPN.
Closing this year’s draft, the Celtics added to their roster Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson at No. 45, Providence forward Ben Bentil at No. 51 and Iowa State forward Abdel Nader at No. 58.
The Celtics are being true to their plan to stick on investing on a young team that would eventually mature and be a contender. The plan might work in two ways it may either work or may not work at all. But it’s a gamble that the Celtics willing to take and as Grousbeck stated their plan is not on a short-term basis, it is for their pursuit for banner 18 and beyond.
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