The Boston Celtics own the No. 6 and No. 17 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. They should have plenty of options.					      AP PHOTOSun staff photos can
The Boston Celtics own the No. 6 and No. 17 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. They should have plenty of options. AP PHOTO

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We've made our predictions and we've toiled over our mock drafts. But we all know that for all of us outside of those NBA war rooms, Thursday night's draft is nothing more than a guessing game.

What we do know for sure is that Thursday will kickstart an NBA summer filled with drama and intrigue.

That notion grew even stronger on Tuesday morning when it was reported that Miami Heat superstar LeBron James will exercise his early termination option on his contract with the Heat and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The four-time MVP James is sure to be wined, dined and wooed by any NBA franchise with the means to do so. His buddy Carmelo Anthony will get similar treatment after deciding to opt out of his contract with the New York Knicks.

James' Heat teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh may also decide to opt out in the coming days. They have until June 30 to decide.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves appear poised to trade star forward Kevin Love instead of losing him to free agency next summer.

The shockwaves have been sent and the rumors are buzzing. Teams are scampering to create salary cap space, discuss trades and form their best sales pitch to James, Anthony and anyone else set to join the free agency party. It's like 2010 all over again, when James' regrettable television program, "The Decision," the one where he told Jim Gray and the entire country that he was taking his talents to South Beach, highlighted a crazy summer.

The Boston Celtics will certainly be involved in all the madness.

They own the No. 6 and No. 17 pick in Thursday's draft. The dilemma for Boston is what to do with those picks? The draft is deeper than it has been in years, so the Celtics could use the picks and continue rebuilding with youth. However, doing that would cause Boston to make a difficult decision on what to do with veteran all-star point guard Rajon Rondo, who is scheduled to become a free agent in 2015. He likely will not want to re-sign with a team entrenched in a lengthy rebuilding process.

Boston's other option, of course, would be to package the picks with other players or some of its many future draft picks in exchange for proven talent such as Love.

Back in March, Celtics' owner Wyc Grousbeck predicted that there would be "fireworks" this June. A blockbuster trade for Love, or a player of that caliber, would fit that description.

The thinking here is that there will indeed be fireworks for the Celtics beginning Thursday night. President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge has a plan, and those picks will be on the move.

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