Throughout the 2013-’14 NBA season, Boston Celtics’ fans pointed to the NBA Lottery to see if the Celtics would be able to land a top pick in the Draft.
On Tuesday night, the Celtics learned their fate. The fans were disappointed when they found out that the Celtics were outside the top five. Instead, the Celtics will have the sixth selection in the Draft on June 26th.
Like in 1997 and 2007, the Celtics were hoping they would have the number one pick. Those lottery balls did not roll in the favor of the franchise for the third time in 17 years.
This year’s draft includes standout prospects such as Jabari Parker, Joel Embid, and Andrew Wiggins.
Over the past week, there has been rampant speculation that Kevin Love would not resign with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Since Love will become a free agent in the summer of 2015, the Timberwolves could seek a trade before the 2014 NBA Draft. The Celtics are one of the teams who could have enough players or picks to appease the Timberwolves in a trade proposal. They could offer young players such as Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk and any of the nine first-round picks that the Celtics own over the next five years. The trade would be contingent on whether Love wants to extend his contract with the Celtics.
Love, who averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds, has played with the Timberwolves for six years since he was drafted in 2008. The 6-foot-10-inch power forward has never made the playoffs in his career. He is a three-time All-Star. Love played at UCLA before he was drafted fifth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008. The Grizzlies then sent Love to the Timberwolves for third-overall pick O.J. Mayo as part of an eight-player trade.
The Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Phoenix Suns are all possible destinations for Love.
This was just the first domino to fall in an interesting offseason that could either answer some questions for the future of the Celtics or leave the Celtics in limbo.