After the NBA trade deadline came and gone with nothing but pin drops, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke out on the upcoming NBA draft.
Ainge, who has been spotted on different radio shows in the New England region talking about this summer's free agency period and post deadline, continued his tour on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger & Mazz on Friday.
"Yes [it's been overrated] from the very beginning," Ainge said. "It's just all hype. It's a bunch of young kids out playing in AAU basketball and high school and making all sorts of assessments and then they watch them play on the real stages and they're not quite as good. College is a big jump from high school and I think reality has hit. We see the potential in a lot of these guys, but they are certainly not LeBron [James or [Kevin] Durant."
There are multiple ways to analyze his words.
Ainge's point could turn out to be costly. The Celtics have two first-round selections in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft, and he makes it sound like his trade chips have little, if any thing value. which could hurt his chances on landing a player with championship-caliber talent in possible trades.
The other side of this dialogue is he could be doing this as a public relations move. He could be looking at this as a way to get into the minds of Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and others to show that he is not buying into what he's seeing.
The Celtics will be busy this offseason. But it's just a matter of what kind of busy, trading players and picks or working out the draft prospects.