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Celtics still lobbying for free agency before NBA draft

Celtics still lobbying for free agency before NBA draft

The Boston Celtics’ front office has long been a supporter of the idea of shuffling the NBA draft after free agency and, given the uncertainty surrounding the team's roster this upcoming summer, director of player personnel Austin Ainge again championed the idea after Monday’s draft workout.

The Houston Rockets officially made a proposal to flip-flop the draft and free agency in April 2018, which the Celtics firmly backed, and there is hope that it will gain further momentum moving forward.

“I have been a big proponent of switching the draft and free agency,” said Ainge. "I think that most teams build from veteran players first. If you have a top-5 pick, you’re most likely a rebuilding team so free agency isn’t affecting that. If you have a top-5 pick, you’re probably going to pick with that first but free agency doesn’t affect you much. 

"And then, all of the other teams, you more likely are fitting in draft picks in and around a veteran core group. So I think the calendar should follow our decision-making tree. So I think it should be switched.”

The Celtics find themselves particularly hamstrung this offseason. Boston owns three first-round picks and could be forced to pick players without any idea how its roster will look after free agency. It’d be easier to target a point guard in the draft if, say, you knew Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier were not going to be back in Boston.

It’d also give teams the ability to more easily discuss pre-draft trades. If the Celtics are to push for an Anthony Davis deal this month, they’ve ideally got to have something in place before draft night so New Orleans can select its desired players with any 2019 picks it might receive in such a swap.

It simply makes more sense for free agency to come before the draft and the Celtics have never quite gotten a good answer about why it doesn’t.

"It’s something I think we should look at very strongly,” said Ainge. "When I ask why it is the way it is, no one has a great answer. Just inertia. Just history.”

The NBA has been open-minded to changes that make more sense, even something as simple this year as the start of free agency shifting to 6 p.m. on June 30 instead of midnight on July 1, affording East Coast general managers a bit more convenience at the frenetic start of when teams can formally contact free agents.

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Celtics center Enes Kanter posts video enjoying his first Patriots game

Celtics center Enes Kanter posts video enjoying his first Patriots game

The New England Patriots won their third game of the 2019 season by a score of 30-14 over the New York Jets. And for one Boston-based athlete, it was a special day.

That would be Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter. The newly-signed big-man had never been to a Patriots game until Sunday and he took some time to post some video from Gilette Stadium on his Twitter account.

It's nice to see that Kanter is supporting his fellow New England athletes just a couple of months after signing with the Celtics to provide depth at the center position. It certainly sounds like Kanter was excited about the game and he had a great view as well.

It's safe to assume that some of the Patriots will return the favor to Kanter at some point during the NBA season, as members of the Patriots frequently show up at Celtics games.

Hopefully, by then, Kanter will be playing a big role for the team as the Celtics look for big-man production in the wake of losing Al Horford, Aron Baynes, and Marcus Morris during the 2019 offseason. 

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Enes Kanter shows big support for 7-foot-7 Tacko Fall in latest tweet

Enes Kanter shows big support for 7-foot-7 Tacko Fall in latest tweet

Enes Kanter seems to be a fan of Boston Celtics' 7-foot-7 rookie Tacko Fall.

Kanter posted a video to Twitter of Fall practicing at Auerbach Center, and he took time to praise Fall's efforts on Twitter.

The Celtics' signed Kanter to a two-year $10 million deal back in July, while Fall entered Boston's system as an undrafted free agent but he impressed in the Las Vegas Summer League. Kanter is the replacement for Al Horford, who left the Celtics over the summer for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The two should be a great duo for the Celtics, as both have the height and skill to be something special this coming season.

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