Exum is expected to be a top-10 pick, and maybe a among the top five selections in this years draft. What does that mean for Rondo? Exum is a 6'6" point guard, and looks like a new age point guard. Some believe you draft the best possible player that's still there for you to draft, and some think you draft with some of your team needs in mind. I don't ideally want Exum drafted, because Rondo is our guy. This could complicate things moving forward.
It's a stretch at this point to consider the 6-foot-6 guard as a viable option with whoever has the No. 1 overall pick which won't be determined until the draft lottery on Tuesday.
But there's no question teams have an even more favorable impression of Exum after spending time with him at the combine.
"He's very polished, confident but not cocky," said one league official who interviewed Exum on Wednesday. "He'll be up and down like every rookie, but he definitely helped himself in being here this week."
One of the first things Exum did on Thursday was clear up the perception that the only team he wants to play for is the Los Angeles Lakers.
"Obviously the Lakers are a very good organization," Exum said. "But I'm in this draft to go to a place where I feel is a good fit for me. Whatever team that is, is the best place for me."
Exum is expected to have interviews with about 10 teams which according to Exum, will include the Boston Celtics.
Becoming more educated on Exum has been the mission for many this week. But he's quick to add that he too is in a learning phase.
"The most important thing I've learned is what gets you on the court is what gets you in the NBA, and most important keeps you in the NBA," Exum said. "That's the one thing I've taken very seriously, is how I prepare for games, prepare for my workouts. That is the one thing that is going to keep me in the NBA so I can have a long career."
I think Rondo is likely out if Exum is drafted, unless Ainge has some other crazy plan.