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Celtics have these draft assets left for potential trade

/ by Darren Hartwell
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Boston's endless well of picks has finally run dry.

The Celtics amassed a whopping 27 NBA Draft picks over the last six years thanks to a number of trades, most famously their 2013 fleecing of the Brooklyn Nets that netted them three first-rounders.

The C's found three franchise cornerstones among those selections in Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and have used four first-round picks in the last two drafts on Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard.

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But the annual tradition of Boston owning multiple first-round picks appears to be over. Here's a look at the Celtics' selections in the next five NBA Drafts after Sunday's sign-and-trade that sent Gordon Hayward to the Charlotte Hornets (h/t to RealGM):

2021

First round: Own

Second round: Own; Thunder pick (if between No. 56 and No. 60)

2022

First round: Own

Second round: Own; Hornets pick (if between No. 56 and No. 60)

2023

First round: Own

2024

First round: Own

2025

First round: Own

Second round: Own; Grizzlies pick

The Celtics currently have no additional first-round picks in at least the next seven drafts. The Thunder and Hornets picks are both top-55 protected and almost guaranteed not to convey, meaning Boston is slated for no additional picks until 2025 at the earliest.

 

The team's draft assets (or lack thereof) are worth noting after the Celtics acquired the largest traded player exception in NBA history via the Hayward deal.

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While Boston can take on up to $28.5 million in salaries of players they trade for, the C's still need to give up assets to complete trades, and Danny Ainge doesn't have the luxury as he did in years past of dangling first-rounders from his war chest of picks.

On the flip side, Ainge used that war chest to build a talented roster that made three of the last four Eastern Conference finals. If he wants to make one more move to get the Celtics over the hump, though, he may have to get creative.