BOSTON (CBS) – Adam Jones and Rich Keefe were broadcasting live from the TD Garden Thursday night for the NBA Draft, and joining them on the show after the team’s first round picks were made was former Celtics great and radio broadcaster Cedric Maxwell.
The Celtics possessed two picks, both in the first round, and both of them were used on guards: Marcus Smart (no. 6 overall/Oklahoma State) and James Young (no. 17 overall/Kentucky).
Maxwell senses something’s gotta give.
“I think that you have a gluttony of guards now, so you’re talking about somebody possibly moving, doing something else. There has to be somebody that maybe moves. You have all these guys who were apart of what you were doing guard-wise — who do you move?” said Max
Jones responded with, “Well, who do you move?”
“I think it depends on what your future is. Are you going to extend Rajon Rondo? Are you going to have Rondo for another year or are you going to give him $100 million dollars? What direction are you going to go? Are you all of a sudden going to go young, get your asset for Rondo and send him on the market and possibly get something back good in the draft? Continue to be young, it looks like that’s where the Celtics are heading.”
Owner Wyc Grousbeck said Thursday night that selecting Marcus Smart, a point guard, has no bearing on the status of Rajon Rondo. Ainge told Toucher & Rich Friday morning that the two can “absolutely” play together, along with Avery Bradley, on the court at the same time.
Max doesn’t envision this logjam of point guard as a problem inside the locker room, but he gets the sense that someone is getting dealt.
“If you’re a true professional you just go out and do what you need to do. Go out and play hard, let the team do what they’re gonna do and make sure you’re in the best shape,” Max said.”You have to anticipate, because the Celtics are taking these guards right now, that they’re possibly thinking about doing something else as far as the movement of basketball players.”
Fans hoping and praying for Kevin Love to come to Boston through a draft night deal were probably disappointed and didn’t expect the Celtics to actually use their two first round picks, but Max says the big trades have yet to occur because teams around the league are waiting for the LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony dominoes to fall.
Listen below for the full discussion:
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