|Is Fultz the motivation behind what could be a blockbuster|
draft day trade involving the first overall pick and one of
the league's most storied franchises?
Why would the Kings do it?
|Crowder seems dissatisfied with Boston at times, and with his|
team friendly contract (about $7 mil/yr for next 3 yrs) could
be a good veteran for Sacramento to target in this trade.
Why would the Celtics say yes?
For the Celtics part, Ainge couldn't be in a more opposite position than Divac, feeling almost no pressure at all. With his team just having played in the Eastern Conference Finals despite sporting only one all star on the roster and no MVP candidates, and sitting on the number one pick in the draft with a good deal of other future assets many consider and project to be valuable, he's in the perfect position to wheel and deal. For Divac, it's like going shopping when you're hungry. For Ainge, it's like going with your fitness instructor.
|Boston could use an interior defensive presence|
like Cauley-Stein would bring. With him and
the two picks they get from Sacramento, they
could completely rebuild their front court
behind starter Al Horford.
What would they trade?
I think that the Celtics walk in with an absolute bottom line of the Kings' 5th and 10th overall picks in this year's draft, and a player throw in-with their eyes on Willie Cauley-Stein, who would solve a lot of size and interior defensive issues for them. The 5th and 10th picks would allow them to target players that fill other needs as well, such as perhaps Malik Monk, or Justin Jackson as defensive minded wing players with range to eventually replace Bradley and/or Crowder, or bigger forwards like Jonathan Isaac, Jayson Tatum, Lauri Markkanen, or even their original top target Josh Jackson, depending on how the top 4 shakes out after the trade at the top.
The Kings should ask for the first overall pick of course, but I think they should also try to score some role players, from an organization with many. I think Crowder is a player that could be picked up. Perhaps even by throwing in their 2018 first round pick (conditionally I'd assume). If they could somehow go after one of the Celtics' many guards as well, that'd be a huge score, maybe by making that draft pick unconditional? After all, it's not like Fultz-Crowder-Zeller or whatever is getting out of the West anytime soon anyway. Gay will be gone next season most likely, and they'll need someone to start at the 3. He's got a great contract, and landing him would be considered a score that might help save Divac's job if he's on the hot seat at all, which some would assume he is.
Additionally, I think Sacramento should ask for Tyler Zeller in return. He'd give them a serviceable big in place of Cauley-Stein at a reasonable contract rate of $8 million next season.
While the Kings like youngster Skal Labissierre, and also have veteran Kosta Koufos on the roster, Zeller would give them an additional rotational big man, and an extra insurance policy in the front court should anything go wrong. The Celtics should be okay with losing him, and might even want to, in order to spend the money bringing back Kelly Olynyk or even on other players elsewhere. $8 million is a solid chunk of money to take off your books, Especially when it's spent on a player who has played 10 mpg the last two seasons and missed over 40 games in that same span.
This could be anything from a smokescreen rumor, to a simple pick swap, to a huge, impactful trade for both teams. These are the important pieces however. Who would you like to see be involved in this trade, and who do you think would win these scenarios above?