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Breaking Down Celtics' Absurd Number of Future Draft Picks After Friday's Trades

The Boston Celtics held the beginning of a veteran clearance sale on Friday.

First they shipped new addition Brandan Wright to the Phoenix Suns for a protected first round pick and a $5 million trade exception. Multiple reports indicate that Jeff Green will be the next player dealt away, likely to the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team deal.

The Celtics would reportedly acquire a future first round pick and Tayshaun Prince in exchange for Green, if the current deal holds. Boston’s small forward was pulled off the floor before Friday night’s loss to the Indiana Pacers and could be dealt as soon as Monday, the earliest any trade can become official.

As a result of these trades, the Celtics added a few new selections to their incredible stockpile of draft picks over the next several years. Here’s a list of what picks the Celtics are likely to own as the focus turns to the future.

2015:2 first-round picks; 3 second-round picks
2016: 4 first-round picks; 4 second-round picks
2017: 1 first-round pick; 2 second-round picks
2018: 2 first-round picks; 1 second-round pick
2019: 2 first-round picks; 1 second-round pick

Here’s a full breakdown of where those draft picks will be coming from year-by-year.

2015 Draft
1st Round picks:
Celtics, Sixers (via Heat)* (protected), LA Clippers, Timberwolves (via Suns)** (protected), Mavericks*** (protected)
2nd Round picks: Celtics, 76ers**** (conditional), Wizards***** (protected)

* Sixers’ pick is top-14 protected. Boston will receive two second-round picks (2015 and 2016) from Philadelphia if Sixers finish as a lottery team. Acquired via Joel Anthony trade in January 2014.
** Timberwolves’ pick is top-12 protected for 2015 and 2016. Boston will receive two second-round picks in 2016 and 2017 if Wolves draft from 1-12 in next two seasons. Acquired via Phoenix in Brandan Wright trade.
*** Mavericks’ pick has two protections (1-3, 15-30) for 2015 season. If Dallas makes postseason or finishes in top three of lottery, first-round pick rolls over to 2016 (top 7 protected). Acquired in Rajon Rondo trade.
****Sixers’ second-round pick is conditional. Boston receives this pick (and not Philadelphia’s first-round selection) if the Sixers finish as a lottery team. See first * for more details.
*****Wizards’ second-round pick is top 49 protected. Washington is currently a top 8 NBA team, so their second-round pick would be No. 53, which means pick would transfer to Boston. Acquired in Kris Humphries sign-and-trade in July 2014.

2016 NBA Draft
1st round picks: Celtics, Nets, Cavs* (protected), Mavericks** (protected),
2nd round picks: 76ers***, Cavs, Heat, Grizzlies/Mavericks****

* Cavs’ pick is top 10 protected for 2016-2018, unprotected in 2019. Acquired in Marcus Thornton deal is July 2014.
** Mavs’ pick is top 7 protected from 2016-2018. unprotected in 2019. It rolls over from 2015 if it falls in 1-3 or 15-30 in 2015 NBA Draft. See 2015 first-round picks for more details.
***Sixers’ second-round pick is conditional. Boston receives this pick plus 2015 second-round pick, (and not Philadelphia’s 2015 first-round selection) if the Sixers finish as a lottery team in 2014-15 season. See 2015-first round picks for more details.
**** Grizzlies/Mavericks’ second-round pick. Via a pair of trades, Celtics get the more favorable of these two selections.

2017 NBA Draft
1st round picks:
Celtics, Nets*
2nd round picks: Celtics**, Cavaliers

* Celtics have the right to swap their own first-round pick with Nets, if they choose. Acquired in KG/Pierce deal.
** If Celtics swap first-round picks with Nets, Brooklyn would be able to acquire Boston’s second-round pick (top 45 protected).

2018 NBA Draft
1st round picks:
Celtics, Nets (unprotected)
2nd round picks: Celtics

2019 NBA Draft
1st round picks:
Celtics, Grizzlies*
2nd round picks: Celtics

*Pick is expected compensation for Jeff Green in rumored three-team trade with Memphis Grizzlies. Subject to change.

All in all, the Celtics are likely to own 11 first-round picks and 11 second-round picks over the next five NBA Drafts once the Green deal becomes official. With the trade deadline still more than a month away, Danny Ainge still has plenty of time to add to this stockpile, as he prepares for plenty of wheeling and dealing this offseason.

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