The Boston Celtics have a 15.6 percent chance of landing the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that Celtics general manager, Danny Ainge, will be looking at all of their options when they are fortunate enough to have the No. 1 pick in the draft.
In an interview with ESPN2 (h/t Mass Live) during the NBA Draft Combine, Ainge revealed that he does know about the team’s plans if they get the first overall selection. Nonetheless, he is sure that pick will have a lot of value.
“I don’t know. I think the No. 1 pick certainly has more value, but we’ll discuss trading that pick, using that pick and developing a good young player, we’ll look at every option that we can to get our team good,” Ainge said.
The projected first pick this year’s draft is either Brandon Ingram of Duke University or Ben Simmons of Louisiana State University. Besides a potential top pick this year, the Celtics have seven more draft picks, including two first round selections.
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Ainge also noted that there is a slim chance they will trade some of their 2016 draft picks. He mentioned that they are willing to keep all the picks and draft international players who won’t be coming to the NBA after getting selected.
“Probably slim. There are a lot of players overseas that we’ve evaluated and we like also, so there’s always options to just keep them and draft-and-stash guys. But we’ll probably be having a lot of conversations between lottery night and the draft,” Ainge said.
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However, Boston has been linked to players like Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler and the Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins this offseason. The Celtics also have cap space to go after a max contract star like Kevin Durant and Al Horford.