The Boston Celtics are fully equipped with a lot of draft picks, young players and salary cap space. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that if the Celtics can’t get a good player for some of those draft picks, they will select international players with it.
According to a report by CSN New England, Boston is expecting a lot of phone calls before the 2016 NBA draft due to their draft picks. Nonetheless, if nothing comes out of the trade discussions, the Celtics will draft from overseas because those players are not planning on joining the NBA for a couple of years.
Some of the international prospects that have a chance to stay in Europe include Timothe Luwawu and Ivica Zubac of Mega Leks, Furkan Korkmaz of Anadolu Efes, Ante Zizic of Cibona Zagreb, Zhou Qi of Xinjiang, Juan Hernangomez of Estudiantes, Petr Cornelie of Le Mans and Isaia Cordinier of Denain.
Those young international players, as well as 80 other hopeful prospects, are expected to work out with the Celtics. “With trades, you just never really know. So we try to work out players all the way through 60,” Celtics director of player personnel Austin Ainge told CSNNE.
“With our picks, it is in a player’s best interest to work out for us. But for us, we want to see as many players as possible so that we can draft the best fit, the best player that’s available,” he added.
Austin’s father and Boston’s president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge, said in an interview with ESPN that his expectations are high this offseason. However, he notes that they also need the luck to be successful in acquiring players like Jimmy Butler or DeMarcus Cousins.
“We look forward to every offseason. This offseason is bigger. My expectations are high this offseason. And yet I also know that it takes a good fortune. We need the ping pong balls to bounce our way to give us the best opportunity,” Danny said.
Besides the trade market, the Celtics will be active in free agency in terms of going after the top superstars. Boston is linked with big-name free agents like Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Harrison Barnes and DeMar DeRozan this summer.
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