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Ainge struck gold with Rondo

Celtics guard ranks as team's most unexpected draft bonanza ever

Updated: May 21, 2010, 12:56 AM ET
By Peter May | Special to ESPNBoston.com

On the night of June 28, 2006, Danny Ainge, the Celtics' president of basketball operations, was, like everyone else involved in the NBA, watching the league's annual draft unfold.

The lottery teams, of which the Celtics were one, had all made their picks. Ainge went into the draft with the No. 7 pick, but had dealt it to Portland in a deal that brought Sebastian Telfair and Theo Ratliff to Boston. The Blazers took on Raef LaFrentz's bloated contract, Dan Dickau and then came out of ...

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