Remember this bit of news?
According to sources, the Celtics' final offer to the Hornets was a package featuring as many as six draft picks, including four potential first-round selections (a combination of picks from this draft and in the future). But the Hornets could not be swayed and turned down multiple offers to select Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky.
When that report came out, sportswriters and analysts were stunned. No one could understand why the Charlotte Hornets would turn down six draft picks to select Kaminsky with their own ninth pick. The general consensus was that one pick is certainly worse less than six of them, because six is a bigger number and people equate bigger numbers with better value.
Except that's not exactly true.
The Celtics reportedly offered a combination of picks from this year's draft — of which they had the 16th, 28th, 33rd and 45th picks — and some picks from future drafts. In and of themselves, their picks from 28 to 45 are essentially negligible in value to the Hornets.
The Hornets are trying to win now, and their roster currently sits at 11 players. If they re-sign Bismack Biyombo and Jeffery Taylor, that number jumps to 13, leaving them with one spot to fill. Since their focus in free agency is to fill out the roster with veterans, the Hornets would have little interest in giving those spots to rookies picked late in the draft, whom historically are busts far more often than anything serviceable. The 16th pick could have been promising, but there was a substantial drop-off in talent level between 1-12 and 13-60 in this year's draft.
That leaves the future picks, which were rumored to include one of, or both, of the Brooklyn Nets' future firsts. The Nets are a mess right now, there's no way around that. While it might seem like their picks are especially valuable for that reason, I'm not so sure. The Nets don't have a first round pick until 2019, so bottoming out and building through the draft is not an option for them. They're also owned by Mikhail Prokhorov, whom notoriously flipped a bad roster into a team of overpaid used-to-be stars in a matter of months. If history is any indication, that's likely the direction they go this time, too.
Which brings us to today's news.
Dan LeBatard revealing the Celtics offered the Heat the same four 1sts (in the teens) two 2nds package for Winslow— Azam (@AMas92) June 29, 2015
Much like the Hornets, the Miami Heat had no interest in the Celtics' offer. Having a massive stash of picks might sound great on paper, but if no one's buying, you're left with a bunch of players you don't really want.
And that's exactly what happened to the Celtics.