Wicked Smart? No fireworks, just picks

June, 27, 2014
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BOSTON -- A couple hours after the Boston Celtics made him the sixth pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart was asked to describe the moment he heard his name called.

Marcus Smart and James Young
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"It felt like fireworks on the Fourth of July," he said.

OK, so that wasn't quite the fireworks that many Celtics fans were pining for on this night. Those who dreamed of a draft-night swap for Minnesota All-Star forward Kevin Love, or even watching Kansas center Joel Embiid slide to No. 6, were left yearning for a bigger bang.

The Celtics elected to keep picks Nos. 6 and 17, selecting Smart and Kentucky swingman James Young, adding two players who are regarded as, well, smart and young.

Both Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge hinted that the team examined potential moves, maybe more so in the days leading up to the draft, but ultimately the Celtics stuck with their picks. All in all, it was a rather quiet draft night, at least by Trader Danny's standards. Grousbeck suggested it wasn't for a lack of trying.

"We wanted to make other trades in recent days and we've been on the phone quite a bit with other teams about other ideas," Grousbeck said. "Nothing just ever really seemed close to fruition, no matter how hard we tried."

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And Grousbeck quickly cautioned: "I remember trading for Kevin Garnett in 2007 and I got a phone call about that from Minnesota on July 30 or 31. The trade season is not over yet."

Grousbeck is the one who originally coined the buzzword "fireworks" a couple months back when he suggested Boston had potential to accelerate the rebuilding process with its treasure trove of assets, including two picks in the first round on Thursday.

Are fireworks still a possibility with free agency looming?

"I always said fireworks were a possibility," Grousbeck said. "It takes two to tango around here. There just hasn't been that much movement tonight. Typically on draft day, we make at least two trades, if not three. It's just sort of the way we roll [with] Trader Danny.

"We like to be aggressive about rebuilding this team. We like to try to become contenders as quickly as possible. We'll keep working the phones, but it takes two partners to make a trade."

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Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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