The Boston Celtics are reportedly keen on trading their late first-round picks in order to move up the board in the NBA Draft 2015 which takes place on June 25.
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The Celtics currently own the 16th and 28th overall selections, but with the depth of this draft class come under question, they are keen to trade those two picks in order to move up and land a player they consider to be a strong prospect.
Whether or not they are successful in doing so remains to be seen, and they certainly won’t be alone in trying to make deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers possessing the top three picks in that order and all expect their phones to be ringing up to and including June 25.
“It’s hardly a secret a slew of teams, including several lottery ones, are exploring potential trades. One team that is making a concerted effort to move into the lottery, league sources claim, is Boston. The Celtics are dangling their two No. 1 picks: Nos. 16 and 28,” the JournalTimes reports.
Boston could also look to include future draft picks in the deal as they currently own the rights to a total of 15 picks over the next two seasons. Ultimately, they stockpiled so many for situations like this as they arguably never intended on bringing in countless prospects, but instead planned ahead to use the picks in trade deals.
This could well be the right time to make their move as the New York Knicks, who have the fourth overall pick, have hinted at being open to listening to all avenues before Draft night.
However, if they are to split with their pick, it will likely be for an established name that can make an immediate impact for them so it is unclear as to which team will be keen on listening to what the Celtics can offer.