Sport No, Danny Ainge’s Legacy Isn’t on the Line After Passing on Markelle Fultz

19:40  19 june  2017
19:40  19 june  2017 Source:   The Big Lead

Report: Celtics might not take Markelle Fultz at No. 1

  Report: Celtics might not take Markelle Fultz at No. 1 It’s been assumed by many for a while now that Washington point guard Markelle Fultz will be the No. 1 pick of the 2017 NBA Draft . But maybe that’s a bit hasty, according to a report by Chad Ford of ESPN, who notes the Boston Celtics have a handful of players they’re considering. Per Ford, Fultz is very much still in the mix. However, the Celtics are also considering Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, De’Aaron Fox and Jayson Tatum.This is an interesting report for a couple reasons.

To say that Ainge ’ s legacy is on the line when he already won a title, fleeced the Nets, got back to the conference finals within four years of trading Pierce and Garnett, and is this loaded up with future assets is quite hyperbolic. Boston Celtics, Commentary, Danny Ainge , Markelle Fultz , NBA.

The Celtics president has brought a title to Boston and overseen a successful rebuild, but he is taking a major risk by trading the No. 1 overall pick.

The Vertical's Chris Mannix opined over the weekend that Danny Ainge's decision to trade the first overall pick, widely presumed to be Markelle Fultz, to Philadelphia puts the Celtics' GM's legacy on the line. Mannix is under the impression that Fultz is as close to a can't-miss prospect as there is:

And yet - few think so. NBA executives seem sold on Fultz. "Flat-out stud," one exec texted late Friday, when news first broke of Boston's interest in trading the pick. "Transformative player," texted another. The Vertical Front-Office Insider Bobby Marks - a longtime executive with the Nets - tweeted there was a "clear separation" between the first and third picks. DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony tweeted that there is a "big downgrade" going from first to third.

Markelle Fultz arrives in Philadelphia wearing Sixers hat

  Markelle Fultz arrives in Philadelphia wearing Sixers hat Markelle Fultz sure knows how to make a good impression. The presumptive No. 1 overall pick arrived for his workout in Philadelphia on Saturday wearing a Sixers hat, per Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer..@MarkelleF was rockin' a black #Sixers cap as he walked into the players entrance.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) June 17, 2017Here's @MarkelleF walking into the building with his #Sixers cap. Photo by the GREAT Yong Kim. pic.twitter.

The Celtics president has brought a title to Boston and overseen a successful rebuild, but he is taking a major risk by trading the No. 1 overall pick.

BOSTON -- When it comes to making a trade, we all know Danny Ainge ' s phone line is always open. BOSTON – If the Celtics do as expected and take Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, the 19-year-old will find himself in an unfamiliar position.

Mannix is not sold on Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum, and writes that Ainge has put all the "goodwill" he's garnered in New England from assembling a title team and presiding over a rebuild "on the table" with the decision to forgo Fultz. He concludes:

Legacies are defined by deals like this. Ainge's will be, too. His executive career is now intertwined with Fultz's playing one, forever linked. The gambling executive just placed his biggest bet, against a player few around the league would bet against.

With all due respect to Mannix, who has roots in New England, it is farfetched to suggest that this move alone could come back to bite Ainge so hard that it define his whole executive legacy.

For one, Mannix neglected to note that sore knees kept Fultz out of six of Washington's final eight games last year, and that he shot under 65% on his free throws. Furthermore, for Fultz to play a direct role in halting the Celtics' advancement in the foreseeable future, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons will also need to stay healthy. This is far from a foregone conclusion.

Report: Celtics have interest in Anthony Davis

  Report: Celtics have interest in Anthony Davis The Boston Celtics definitely have the interest and the means to make a big splash this offseason. According to Chris Mannix of the Vertical, the Celtics have eyed New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis as a potential trade target.The Pelicans, however, have no intention of trading their star big man. Davis is on a team-friendly contract through 2021, and the organization is committed to making the Davis-DeMarcus Cousins pairing work next season.Davis would have certainly fit the mold of the type of player the Celtics reportedly want to acquire.

But while Markelle Fultz is the top prospect in the draft on every expert' s list, remember Danny Ainge doesn' t pay any mind to the experts. No one would be happier than Magic Johnson & Lakers fans if Ainge picked anyone other than Fultz #1. You wouldn' t trade up to #1, then pass on Derrick Rose to

Fultz shot 47.6 percent from the field and 41.3 from behind the 3-point line during his lone season at Washington. We won’ t know for a few years if passing on him will be a lifelong professional regret for Ainge . Tags: 2017 NBA Draft, Boston Celtics, Danny Ainge , Markelle Fultz , Tom E. Curran.

As my boss Jason McIntyre noted, Ainge has now assembled this war chest of future draft picks:

2017 #3 pick (via Philly)

2017 3 2nd round picks

2018 #1 pick of the Lakers or 2019 #1 pick from Sacramento

2018 #1 pick of the Nets (good breakdown here)

2018 #1 pick (their own)

2018 4 2nd round picks

2019 #1 pick from Memphis (good breakdown here)

2019 #1 pick from LA Clippers

2019 #1 pick (their own)

I'd be willing to bet Mannix $100 that in the next seven years the Celtics advance further than the Sixers more often than not. While it may be frustrating to some that Ainge keeps compiling chips instead of pushing them all in on a big asset, IMO it's the smart long-term play: They ain't beating the Cavs next year or the Warriors in the next two years so long as LeBron and Durant are still alive and well. Better to kick the can down the road and hope to assemble a superteam a few years down the road when the competition landscape is less top-heavy above them.

Celtics soured on Fultz due to lack of explosiveness in workout?

  Celtics soured on Fultz due to lack of explosiveness in workout? The Boston Celtics seemed to do a quick 180 on top prospect Markelle Fultz, and now we may have a bit of an idea why. According to what ESPN’s Michael Eaves tweeted on Sunday, some members of the Celtics organization were not impressed by Fultz’s workout and pointed to a perceived lack of explosiveness on the part of the former Washington star.Received some surprising info on Markelle Fultz and the #Celtics today. Some within the organization were not impressed with his workout.— Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) June 18, 2017The most glaring critique was that he was not as explosive as they expected/hoped.

Any chance the Celtics pass on Markelle Fultz ? Looking at the NBA draft' s point guards not named Markelle Fultz NBA FINALS: Warriors beat Cavaliers 132-113, take 2-0 lead Ian Thomsen: Don’ t know why we're assuming Danny Ainge will take Markelle Fultz Potential No. 1 pick Fultz to meet with

Tags: A. Sherrod Blakely, Boston Celtics, Danny Ainge , Markelle Fultz . We won’ t know for a few years if passing on him will be a lifelong professional regret for Ainge . What we do know is that Boston said, “No thanks” to a preternaturally smooth player who was 23-5-5 last year at Washington, shot 41

To say that Ainge's legacy is on the line when he already won a title, fleeced the Nets, got back to the conference finals within four years of trading Pierce and Garnett, and is this loaded up with future assets is quite hyperbolic.

No, Danny Ainge's Legacy Isn't on the Line After Passing on Markelle Fultz: BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 28: The Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge waves during the 2008 NBA World Championship ceremony before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the TD Banknorth Garden on October 28, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.© Getty Images BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 28: The Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge waves during the 2008 NBA World Championship ceremony before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the TD Banknorth Garden on October 28, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Markelle Fultz: Sixers will start winning 'as soon as I get there' .
The Philadelphia 76ers haven’t enjoyed a winning season in well over a decade, but Markelle Fultz is confident that’s all about to change. When asked when the Sixers will start winning games, the former Washington point guard said, “as soon as I get there,” via Sean Deveney of Sporting News.

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