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NBA Notebook: Hold free agency before the draft? Austin Ainge makes a strong case for it

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For one of the first times in NBA history last June, no active NBA player was traded on draft night. The last Thursday in June is generally one of the most active trade days across the NBA landscape but the wheeling and dealing was minimized as teams elected to maximize cap space and their options as they waited for how the free agency landscape would play out a week later.

The draft occurs before free agency has been the order of operations across the NBA offseason for over 30 years. Yet, this summer, there has been some momentum to change the status quo. Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reported back in June that the Rockets had proposed putting free agency before the draft for future offseasons.

It's unclear who first had the idea to mix up the NBA offseason calendar, but Celtics director of player personnel Austin Ainge has always been at the forefront of the movement. He's been talking about it for years within the C's organization and it's evident that the idea is becoming popular among other franchises, such as the Rockets.

BostonSportsJournal.com caught up with Ainge recently to learn more about the case for the switch and what would need to happen for it to become reality.