Lots of teams are targeting the Celtics' No. 5 pick. GMs believe that Celts chief Danny Ainge will want a quicker fix to his team than the No. 5 pick can provide.
So far it seems as though the Celtics haven't heard a serious offer. The one that was floating around the gym -- the Knicks' David Lee and Nate Robinson for Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair and the No. 5 pick -- has no chance of happening.
If the Celtics do hold onto the pick, I think they're leaning toward Corey Brewer.
I don't like the NY trade so I am glad he gives it no chance of happening. I know it is just Chad's speculation, but I like Brewer. I like Noah, too. Either one would be fine with me.
Chad also reports that Yi has pulled out of the physicals in Orlando to try to maintain control. His agent wants him to land with the right team so he will only work out for a few select teams. Rumors have Chicago and Golden State as the "approved" teams most interested. Maybe all these games will disuade Danny from taking him.
Atlanta is rumored to be interested in Brandon Wright with the third pick, not Mike Conley as many mocks predict. The Grizzlies have their eye on Brewer, Horford and Conley. They are also still floating Gasol for a possible trade. I love this from Chad:
It looks like Chris Wallace, who serves as the Celtics GM though he actually works for Danny Ainge, might be the favorite for the job. You've gotta love it: Only in the NBA would the the GM of the second-worst team in the league be brought in to rescue the worst team in the league.
You know, he has a point. The Celtics will join with the Rockets, Timberwolves, Kings, Mavs and Pacers to run workouts in Orlando on Monday and Tuesday to look at 9 players who weren't at the predraft camp including Jason Smith, Sean Williams, Ante Tomic, DeVon Hardin, Morris Almond, Wilson Chandler, Arron Afflalo, Kyrylo Fesenko and Marcus Williams.
This year in Orlando, the Celtics are looking for a guard who can both shoot and defend the ball. Ohio State’s Ron Lewis and DePaul’s Sammy Mejia confirmed that they will be working out with the Celtics. Both guards proved themselves to be solid shooters could give the Celtics an offensive boost in the backcourt.
“We’re always looking for a point,” said Rivers. “I always leave out bigs because we’re all looking for bigs. What we’re looking for is the intangible player, and that can be a three (small forward), which I call a guard for us. But we’re looking for intangibles.”
This is surprising to me since when Danny was interviewed he said he wasn't looking for a point guard because Rondo was better than any PG's who would be available in the draft.
Aside from the draft, several Celtics have been preparing for next season at workout facilities in Orlando. Al Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins, Rajon Rondo, Delonte West, and Leon Powe have all traveled south to step up their game. These guys are such hard workers. I can see everyone of them coming back better and making an impact on the team. I especially see Perk having a break out season and Rondo taking that next step toward being the dominant PG that we need.