We have our first clue of what the Boston Celtics might do with both of their first-round picks in the 2014 NBA Draft and it may involve P.J. Hairston from the University of North Carolina.
According to ESPN.com, the Celtics will be calling in wing players on June 3, and the list includes many candidates for the club’s second pick of the first round. Hairston, along with K.J. McDaniels, T.J. Warren, Cleanthony Early, Kyle Anderson, and DeAndre Daniels will be doing some workouts for Celtics brass.
Assuming the C’s are looking at one of those above players, mainly guys like Hairston, Warren, and Early, with that mid-round selection, it can also tip us off to what they are looking to do with their sixth overall pick.
So what’s the tip? We know who will be off the board by the time Boston picks. The names that have come up most for the Celts are Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart, and Noah Vonleh. A wing player selected with that second choice means that Smart may be out.
I love Smart’s game and am hoping his name is called when the C’s chose, but their biggest need may be an athletic big like Vonleh or Gordon, but they may not get that for their second pick.
There are murmurs of Julius Randle going to Boston, but they would need to move Bass or another big, because then they would just have more of what already exists in the front court, skilled scoring and not enough length.
Either way, one of these wings, plus a Gordon or Vonleh would mean that we are getting closer to the end of Jeff Green‘s time in beantown. That is unless a certain “captain” is moved before or on draft night…