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Celtics Can’t Draft What They Need: A New Coach

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by JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — The Boston Celtics aren’t going to get what they really need with the No. 16 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.

They won’t be able to select a coach, unless general manager Danny Ainge has found a loophole in league rules that allowed him this week to trade Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers. And, with their only pick of the night coming in the middle of the first round, they won’t find the player that they need, either: A younger version of Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce to replace the aging veterans who are increasingly showing signs of slowing down.

“I think it’s a fairly deep draft. I just don’t think it’s a star-laden draft,” Ainge said this week after explaining why he agreed to let Rivers go. “I definitely think there are some good role players in the draft.”

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.