The Boston Celtics are willing to trade up the Draft board in order to acquire former Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein, according to reports.
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The Celtics currently hold the No.16 and No.28 overall picks in the NBA Draft 2015, and they could end up using them as assets in a bid to move up the board and acquire a top pick.
Cauley-Stein is expected to be drafted high with Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird revealing earlier this month that he was a fan by describing the Kentucky star as a “$100m player”.
It appears as though he could have some competition if he is genuinely looking to select him, with Boston “very open” to moving up with many insisting that it is Cauley-Stein who has caught their eye.
It is unclear at this stage as to how realistic this scenario is, and there is even the possibility that the report from CSN New England isn’t accurate and the Celtics have their eye on another prospect and could be using Cauley-Stein as a smokescreen.
Nevertheless, it adds further intrigue to next month’s Draft which takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 25 with a number of top young talents ready to enter the league.
It is widely expected that either Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns will be selected with the first overall pick, with the Minnesota Timberwolves winning the right to select first after the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night while the Los Angeles Lakers will take the No.2 pick.