Blakely: Draft picks the easiest way to rebuild quickly

Blakely: Draft picks the easiest way to rebuild quickly
June 28, 2013, 9:30 pm
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The "Big Three" is no more and the Celtics don't have a Jet or a Doc anymore. But what they do have are draft picks -- a lot of them.

After agreeing to a blockbuster trade that would send Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for five players and first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018, the Celtics are primed to be in a rebuilding mode, while also being competitive. The trade "is as good as done," according to our insider A. Sherrod Blakely, but the deal cannot be finalized until July 10.

The Celtics will have nine first-round picks in the next five drafts, including the pick they received from the Clippers for Doc Rivers.

"They have a ton of draft picks, and when you're trying to put together a team to rebuild quickly, draft picks are the easiest way to get that done," Blakely said on "UNO Sports Tonight." "They help facilitate trades, as well as other deals that you may look to do down the road."

The Celtics won one title with The Big Three of Pierce, Garnett and Ray Allen, but now all three are gone. Now, the Celtics will have a team centered on Rajon Rondo, who is returning from injury, Jeff Green and MarShon Brooks.

"When you're talking about going through the rebuilding process, worst-case scenario is to be a team with very little financial flexibility and not having a lot of draft picks," Blakely said. "The Celtics are at the opposite end of the spectrum."

Blakely breaks down the state of the Celtics in the video.