We’re just three weeks from the 2017 NBA Draft from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. And there’s still so much that can happen. Maybe. We’ll see.
This week Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics general manager and holder of the number one overall pick, told the Boston Globe that other teams have started reaching out, gauging the C’s trade interest.
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“There’s two things that are happening,” Ainge said. “I think the value of [the pick] increases the closer you get to the draft is one, and two is we really need to know the value of the whole draft, because some of the conversations that you have are trading down in the draft and trading picks for players, moving backward and so forth. So we’re in the process of evaluating the whole draft, and we’re fielding phone calls.”
It seems unlikely that the Boston Celtics would deal the top overall pick. It seems less likely that the Phoenix Suns would be able to assemble a package to pry that pick from Ainge’s hands. But who knows. Anthony Bennett was a number one pick.
Is there a circumstance where Phoenix could strike a deal with Boston? If not, what sort of deal would it take for the Celtics to part with the crown jewel of their 2014 swindling of the Brooklyn Nets? Read the work of Celtics Blog before you answer. They’re doing fine work over there.