Five thoughts on the Celtics heading into the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday night in Brooklyn (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
1. How many rookies will the Celtics plan on bringing in? The team has three first round picks and four picks in total (No. 14, 20, 22 and 51). Danny Ainge has made it clear he has no interest in bringing in three rookies and that probably still remains the case even after Al Horford and Kyrie Irving appear to be headed out the door. The question now, with the C’s likely pivoting towards a competitive youth movement to a certain degree, is how much talent they want to bring in. There is clearly room for three rookies on this roster now but the Celtics might be looking to leverage those assets for the future as trade chips instead of wasting them on mid-first round picks. The smart money is on the team making a variety of moves to kick the can down the road in some form but there are a number of names the team has zeroed in on in this draft, according to league sources. Those names include Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke, Virginia Tech guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, USC guard Kevin Porter Jr. and power forward Darius Bazely. The former three are projected to go in the teens by most mock drafts, while Bazely is expected to be available later in the first round.