With 60 players selected every year, the NBA draft sparks memories of “Remember that guy?” “Whatever happened to him?” Here is a look back at the Celtics' draft picks and draft night acquisitions over the past five years.



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Danny Ainge’s deals for Ray Allen and, subsequently, Kevin Garnett are what made the Celtics relevant again over the past three seasons.



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Danny Ainge said on The Big Show that Doc Rivers has not made a decision on his coaching future and that he wants him to take his time. "The reality is that [Rivers] has not made a decision," Ainge said. "I don't want him to make a decision too soon." Ainge also said that the Phoenix Suns have not contacted him about their vacant general manager job and that he is staying in Boston.

 

According to Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com/WEEI.com, a source suggests the Celtics would be open to dealing their first-round draft pick (19th overall), but have drawn little interest. According the source, if there is a trade to be made it will most likely occur as the pick draws closer. Goodman has learned that the Celtics have a group of "around five" players they are eyeing at their spot. For more draft coverage, see the Celtics team page by clicking here.

On Wednesday, the Chicago Bulls announced Tom Thibodeau as their new head coach. "I am very excited to be here and to join the Bulls organization. Chicago is a great city with great fans and a storied history," Thibodeau said. "I would like to thank Jerry Reinsdorf and Gar Forman for presenting me with such a terrific opportunity. We have a talented team with a good nucleus of players, and I am eager to get started." Thibodeau was instrumental to the Celtics' postseason success over the past three seasons while serving as assistant coach.

With the Celtics holding the 19th pick in Thursday's NBA draft, we decided to take a look at No. 19 picks over the past 25 years. It isn't an impressive list, unless you are OK with the likes of Hakim Warrick, Jamaal Magloire and Rod Strickland. Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph did put things together this past season, nine years after he was taken 19th by the Trail Blazers. No. 19 picks who have played for the Celtics include Acie Earl, Dee Brown, Walter McCarty and Scot Pollard.

Doc Rivers strikes me as a low-maintenance guy.



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Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to talk about the Celtics and all things NBA. He touched on the possibility of Doc Rivers leaving the Celtics, the NBA draft, and coaching changes around the association.

 

John Wall and Evan Turner are holding steady at 1-2 in the latest edition of WEEI.com's NBA mock draft, but there have been some changes in the middle of the round, which is as unpredictable as any in recent memory. With Nevada forward Luke Babbitt's stock rising, look for the Celtics instead to turn to Oklahoma State shooting guard James Anderson with the 19th pick. Read the complete mock draft at the Green Street blog.

The Celtics season ended less than a week ago, and the rumor mill has been buzzing with talks of free agency, retirement, and who will be on the sidelines next fall.



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