Trade Isaiah Thomas? Draft Markelle Fultz? What will the Celtics do?

Ruben Hill
May 30, 2017

The Celtics have plenty of cap space, young assets they can trade for known players but most importantly they have the number one pick in this upcoming draft. "I know that we're good".

Ainge has created a unique window for himself this summer where he can add experienced talent in free agency and elite youth to the roster via the No. 1 overall pick.

Pressure Scale: 10. While other franchises are dealing with more risk than the Celtics, no team faces more complicated decisions.

After the beating they took in the series, the Celtics realized that they are still a piece or two away from championship contention.

The Celtics are going to be one of the deepest teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for years to come due to their treasure trove of assets. Marcus Smart has been signed to a cheap rookie deal since being drafted in 2014 as well.

After making the Eastern Conference finals and winning the No. 1 pick in the same season, everyone agrees that the Boston Celtics are in a tremendous spot.

Can you win a title with Thomas as one of your top players? Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball appear to be the favorites presently, but the Celtics owe it to themselves to cast a wide net and evaluate all of their options, including moving the pick.

When can the team expect Isaiah Thomas back next season? If Justin Patton or Harry Giles falls into the late 20s, a la Skal Labissiere a year ago, maybe the Celtics will decide to package 37, 53 and 57 to move into the late first round. Ainge can build a team worthy of that commitment but we have seen successful runs derailed prematurely for that reason before. There's also the hip injury, which can't be a good thing with a player this small who relies on his quickness to get by. We'll be able to take our time and get more opinions. "The recovery time will be much quicker". Surgery could force Thomas to miss the start of the regular season (depending on the seriousness of the hip procedure) and that might make the Celtics less inclined to make a major splash this offseason. This makes him a ideal combination with the Lakers big men, and what could be the slashing tandem of Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell who is expected to slide at No. 2 once the Lakers pick De'Aaron Fox. Everybody in our organization knows we need to get better.

Which max free agents are worth investing in? If, of course, his wandering eye doesn't lead him elsewhere in free agency.

"I'm proud of our group". Boston can do all that, and still sign a max player this summer in Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin, without losing even a small part of that awesome future. Is Paul Millsap (age 32) going to be past his prime for most of his next contract? Whether or not he he becomes a top 15 National Basketball Association player remains to be seen. This is a critical time in the pre-draft process, with teams doing workouts with prospects and starting to finalize their draft boards. The Celtics' biggest mistake would be spending too much on inferior talent because their future is too bright to sell short.

According to, there are rumblings about the Boston Celtics and their perceived interest in Josh Jackson.

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