Tonight is the NBA Draft, and like a lot of other teams in the league, there is uncertainty in the Celtics’ organization. The team has two picks in the first round at #21 and #22. Sounds good but without knowing the future of two of the Celtics’ “Big Three”, Ainge is unsure wether to keep their picks or try to trade up.
“We might make a trade, but, generally, I mean, I would expect to keep [our picks], because we’re preparing to keep them,” Ainge said. “But we’re also preparing to move up and move back, and move for future picks. There’s all sorts of things that will be on the table on draft night, and I don’t know what we’ll do. Whatever we think is best.”
The Celtics have just four players currently under contract, but Ainge doesn’t appear to be concerned with drafting players who will make an immediate impact next season.
Along with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, forward Mickael Peitrus is alsoa free agent. Peitrus has expressed his desire to re-sign with the team. “I feel like, for me, I feel like it’s home,” Pietrus said of Boston.
If KG and Allen do not return next season however, then Ainge will need a good draft tonight. More importantly he will need to sign a couple quality free agents or make a big trade if the Celtics want any chance of contending in 2012-2013.