Pelicans appear to have found their way back to relevancy, while Celtics may have missed window

Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Basketball

There's a flip side to all of this, though.

At one point, it was Boston, not New Orleans, that seemingly held all the best cards for multiple drafts, thanks to a lopsided deal with Brooklyn. But with the team now bracing for Kyrie Irving and Al Horford to leave in free agency, the Celtics have to be wondering if they held onto their chips for too long.

Should they have taken one-season gambles on Paul George, Kawhi Leonard or Davis? They certainly had the players and picks to do so, though it would've meant parting with the most prized ones.

Boston moved one of their first-round picks when trading back twice Thursday, selecting Purdue guard Carsen Edwards and collecting Milwaukee's first-round pick next year, which should be in the late 20s.

The Celtics took some swings -- Romeo Langford at No. 14 -- but the prevailing feeling is that the Celtics missed their best chance to turn their assets into something really special.

Winner: Canada


Talk about taking American jobs.

The Canadian invasion is in full swing, with a record six players from the North taken in the NBA draft -- including four in the first round. RJ Barrett will be a huge factor in the Knicks' rebuild, Brandon Clarke and Nickeil Alexander-Walker will be a focus of rebuilds in Memphis and New Orleans, and Mfiondu Kabengele adds depth to the Clippers (who also have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander).

Coming off the country's first NBA title, the possibility of Toronto re-signing Kawhi Leonard and the wave of talent entering the league, you have to figure that more is on the way.

Loser: Transparency


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