There has not been a lot of good news on the draft front for the Celtics this year. The Sacramento Kings continue to exceed expectations thanks to career years from the likes of Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox. A lottery pick is certainly attainable from them, but the odds will be heavily against Boston from nabbing a top-5 pick from them as the Kings sit above the .500 mark nearly halfway through the regular season.
Elsewhere, things have started to improve for other parts of Boston’s draft stash, though. The Clippers (21-16) have dropped six of 10 and have fallen back towards the middle of the Western Conference pack, increasing the odds that the Celtics will land the best possible pick in the teens from a top-14 protected selection.
However, the bigger story in recent weeks has been the Memphis Grizzlies, who have dropped 10 of their last 13 games, including one in ugly fashion at home to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The defeat concluded with a lengthy team meeting that reportedly featured a physical altercation between Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.
The recent slide has dropped the Grizzlies from a top 3 seed in the West to out of the postseason picture for the time being (18-19 overall). They currently are tied for the 12th worst record in the lottery picture but are just 1.5 games ahead of the No. 8 lottery spot.
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The Grizzlies' first-round pick only conveys to Boston this season if it falls in the 9-30 range, otherwise, it rolls over to 2020. Here’s a reminder on the full pick protections:
2019: Protected 1-8
2020: Protected 1-6
So what exactly is the forecast for this pick based on the Grizzlies current situation and remaining schedule? And do the Celtics even want it to convey this year? Let’s look at the dynamics of the situation from all sides.
What do the Grizzlies want?
A league source confirmed to Bostonsportsjournal.com that the Grizzlies