Plenty of options for Celtics with draft picks

Plenty of options for Celtics with draft picks
May 20, 2014, 11:15 pm
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BOSTON — Danny Ainge felt your pain, Celtics Nation.

Like most Green Teamers, he too was disappointed when he learned the Celtics would wind up with the No. 6 pick in next month's NBA draft.

"It's a momentary disappointment," said Ainge, the Celtics president of basketball operations, who is in Los Angeles scouting players. "Now we have some clarity and some marching orders."

Regardless of whether the Celtics wound up with the No. 1, 2 or 3 pick, the mission - to improve next season - remains unchanged.

But it remains to be seen in what fashion will Boston use that No. 6 pick.

Boston can keep the pick, package it with other assets to move up in the draft or pursue a proven NBA talent (paging Kevin Love. Paging Kevin Love), or potentially move down in the draft and acquire more picks for the future.

"It's an exciting time for our franchise," Ainge said. "Everything is possible. It's going to be a really interesting next month."

Between now and then, the Celtics will work out dozens of players with no one scheduled to come in until the first week of June.

Texas Legends and former UNC shooting guard P.J. Hairston as well as N.C. State forward T.J. Warren both told CSNNE.com that they will be in town the first week of June for workouts.

Hairston wound up with the Legends of the NBA's Development League after he was kicked off the UNC team following a rental car scandal.

"I felt I had to be in front of people to prove that I am past everything and I'm here to be an NBA payer," Hairston said. "I'm not just here, not to just prove myself on the court, but also off the court."

Warren, who like Hairston is a potential target with Boston's second, first-round pick (No. 17 overall), said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was one of the more attractive aspects of potentially playing for Boston.

He's great," Warren told CSNNE.com. "Coming from the college ranks, that's something that I can relate to, coming from college to the league. That's big. Great guy overall and I really made a connection with him and (Boston president of basketball operations) Danny Ainge. It was fun talking with those guys."

Ainge said the team have yet to schedule any workouts for players they would be interested in with the No. 6 pick.

As far as who else the Celtics bring in for workouts, Ainge readily admits that'll be controlled to some degree by the player's agents.

"We'd like to get everybody in," said Ainge who said the Celtics have a top 40 list of players they're interested in. "There's still a lot of things we have to do."