The Celtics are in a good position to make a splash in this year’s NBA Draft, but recent developments could make thing a bit more interesting come late June.
According to multiple sources the Denver Nuggets are looking to move their number 11 selection in June 26th’s NBA Draft. If I were Danny Ainge, I would at least be picking up the phone to see what the Nuggets are looking for in a possible trade.
Boston can do a few things here. They can move their later draft pick along with another one of their additional first-round choices to Denver, or they can offer a veteran who will help the Nuggets get better and fit into the Brian Shaw system.
Avery Bradley would be the ideal candidate to be moved for that number 11 choice. I love Bradley, but he has issues staying on the court and may demand a decent contract after his current deal is up, and we know how the Celtics tend to get tied up in poor, mid-level contracts (see Brandon Bass).
Why does Bradley fit so well in Denver you say? Shaw runs a version of the triangle offense and is Derek Fisher has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need to be a great dribbler to run the triangle. Bradley is a tremendous shooter from certain spots on the floor and wouldn’t feel much pressure to dribble, especially when he’s on the floor with Ty Lawson.
Is Bradley a better piece than what the Nuggets may get offered from other team’s? Probably not. But Ainge has to at least see what he can do to get a third pick in the first-round of this draft. It would give the team tremendous financial flexibility and they can carve out more role players from this deep draft class.