Boston GM Danny Ainge has some tough decisions to make this summer as the Celtics have an aging NBA team and deciding if this team stays together for another year or they head into rebuilding mode is going to cause headaches in the front office.
The team has two picks in the first round and another in round two and that could make his decision easier as this year's draft is deep in talent and Boston has plenty of room under the salary cap to make some good free agent signings this off-season.
The latest mock from Draft Express has the Celtics taking center Fab Melo and small forward Quincy Miller with their top picks. Melo has good size as a seven-footer and impressed scouts at the recent combine, but he didn't produce good numbers in college. This past year at Syracuse the youngster averaged just 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, not great numbers for a player with his size and athleticism.
Miller averaged over 10 points and five rebounds at Baylor as a freshman, but his outside shot needs work. Miller is a tremendous talent with good quickness and a decent player inside the paint, but how he competes against better players in the NBA is a big question mark for this youngster as he begins his professional career.
Round two has the Celtics finding a backup for Rajon Rondo, and Scott Machado is that player. Last year at Iona, the senior averaged over 13 points and nearly 10 assists per game. His outside shot is decent and could give Boston some much-needed depth in the back-court.
This team reached the Eastern Conference Finals this season, but big changes are likely and that would make it tough to repeat this year's success. Boston can still make some noise in free agency and with the right moves this summer, fans could get excited about next year.