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Celtics confident enough in point guard to make him future cornerstone

Updated: November 3, 2009, 12:06 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM -- In preparation for the 2006 NBA draft, Celtics executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge went to coach Doc Rivers and his staff with a videotape of a point guard prospect he wanted them to look at. As Rivers recalled, it was a highlight tape without any highlights.

Rivers gave Ainge the benefit of the doubt, given his strong drafting record, and the Celtics ultimately shipped a first-round pick in the 2007 draft to Phoenix for the rights to that player -- Kentucky ...

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