First it was the talk of a trade with the Suns, which included the 14th pick. Now its a trade with the Grizzlies for their #2 pick. If these trade talks have any legs to it, it seems Ainge has his eyes on certain players high in the draft, and is exploring avenues to secure these certain players.
But who is he targeting?
Well, it would appear that its a PG. Why else would he trade Rajon away? If the Phoenix trade went down, and we received the 14th pick, I think we'd likely see a PG drafted with that pick (my guess would be Brandon Jennings--the hyper talented, but flashy PG who is currently playing overseas). If the Memphis trade goes down and we get the 2nd overall pick, I think we'd likely see Ricky Rubio picked.
It only makes sense to draft a PG to replace Rondo. I'm not promoting the idea of trading Rondo, but we've already heard his name surface in the very first trade rumor of the offseason, and I think there may be something behind it. If Rondo goes, we lose our PG of the future (and a very good one, at that) and we'll need to get one back--and Ainge might be angling to do that by getting Rubio, Jennings, or some other PG (maybe Lawson).
This leads to more questions, like why would Ainge trade Rajon in the first place. But I'll leave that for future blog entries.
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