Ainge would consider trading for player without a contract extension

Ainge would consider trading for player without a contract extension
May 21, 2014, 11:30 am

It's been less than 24 hours since the Celtics NBA draft fate was sealed - in an envelope - as the No. 6 pick.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge joined 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich on Wednesday to discuss the pick and everything surrounding it.

But what if the C's trade it? If they want a player like Kevin Love - or any other superstar - it's likely that the pick is included in the deal, that is if the trade is made prior to the Draft.

Trading for an NBA superstar isn't easy, and that's especially the case for one set to hit free agency. You just don't know how it's going to play out and if the player will want to return (see: Dwight Howard). While Boston isn't an exotic location, there are plenty of reasons to want to play here. Danny Ainge explains how he'd try to convince a superstar traded for to sign an extension here.

"A couple of things. We have great tradition and Boston is a wonderful place to play," Ainge said. "All of our players that have been playing here over the years, particularly those that might be relevant over the last few years, maybe even those that are on our team right now. Our players love playing in Boston. I think that if they talk to any of those guys, agents of players that are currently playing on our team or that are playing on our team in the last few years have loved Boston and we have a lot of good, positive feedback from their experience in playing with the Celtics. 

"Second of all we may have opportunities for them to play and shine and continue on their track. But in the new collective bargaining agreement, extensions are hard to get because if you're a really good player for example, if you waited until next summer, you could get  five-year contract with the max dollars if you're really good. Whereas if you're traded to Boston with one year left on your contract, you can only do a three-year extension. So it's pretty significant for players, and we've seen that with Dwight Howard and Chris Paul were traded in the last year of their contract. The Clippers re-signed a five-year contract extension, and Dwight Left and went and signed in Houston."

Ainge also said that the player wouldn't need to agree on an extension ahead of time for the trade to be made. If he's good enough, the C's would roll the dice.

"I would contemplate that, yes," Ainge said. "It would depend on the player, it would depend on the risk, but sometimes I think you need to take some risk. But I would consider it, yes."

Ainge said he hopes one year with the organization would be enough to convince him to stay.

But back to the No. 6 pick, the key word: value. Obviously the No. 6 pick doesn't hold the same value as the No. 1 pick, but it's still valuable anyways. Just how valuable is to be determined.

"First of all we haven't really found out from other teams how much they want the pick," Ainge said. "But I think it's valuable. I think it's valuable for us to use the pick but we will see the value of how other teams value it. I like the pick. I think that there's good players there. And I think there's players that can help us that can play a good role on a winning team, and that's very positive. "

Compared to 2007, Ainge likes where the team is at.

"Better," Ainge said. "Definitely better just because draft picks are valuable, we have a lot of draft picks over the next handful of years, and we have some good young players. So I'm very optimistic and hopefully this [summer] that we can get some things done."