Kyle Draper profiles Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger, who has been steadily impressing his new teammates through hard work.
"You just got to think about the 18 teams that passed me up on draft night," said Sullinger. "They gave me an opportunity in Boston and I got to learn ego's not important here, we just want to win."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers believes Sullinger plays at a level beyond his years.
"He plays at an NBA pace," said Rivers. "He's seen every coverage that you could ever see. I think that's served him well."
The Celtics knew Sullinger had great basketball skills, but they've been very impressed with what he does off the court.
"He's probably the smartest rookie we've had since I've been here," said Rajon Rondo.
If Sullinger has impressed his teammates this much after one trip to Europe, it will be interesting to see what he's able to do over the course of an entire season.
Though the Celtics spent Thursday discussing a trade with the Pacers for Paul George, Brian Scalabrine still has designs on the C’s getting Kevin Love.
Scalabrine says he could imagine the Celtics landing Love from the Cavaliers in a three-way deal that would sent George to the Cleveland. He noted that Love won’t be as difficult to acquire as he was when Cleveland traded for him, though he said he wasn’t sure if Boston would have to include recently drafted third overall pick Jayson Tatum.
With that said, Scalabrine intimated that the sides have the assets that a deal between the teams would make sense.
“I’m saying, we’d all look at the deal and be like, ‘Yeah. All right,'” Scalabrine said.
BOSTON – Jayson Tatum was all smiles after hearing his named called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver as the number 3 pick by Boston in Thursday night’s NBA draft.
And as he made his way towards the commissioner and put on the customary Celtics hat, a bright future surely awaited him.
But is it going to be in Boston?
CSNNE.com confirmed an earlier report by Yahoo Sports! the Vertical that the Celtics were indeed engaged in trade talks with the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is no stranger to taking chances that most GMs would not consider or take a pass on.
Trading for George, who informed the Pacers that he would not re-sign a long-term deal with them and would instead prefer to play for the Los Angeles Lakers when he hits free agency in the summer of 2018, is a huge risk.
While the particulars of the possible trade are still being discussed, Boston will likely have to include the number three pick – Jayson Tatum – in a deal for George.
Ainge appears willing to gamble that a season in Boston will be enough to convince George to re-sign a long-term deal in the summer of 2018 which would be a win-win in terms of bolstering their chances to compete with Cleveland for Eastern Conference supremacy, and keep him away from the Lakers.