The NBA draft is near and the basketball rumor mill is swirling for the league’s lottery teams and those trying to move up into those draft spots.
According to a report from Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Boston Celtics, fresh off of a deep playoff run, could try to find their way to the top of the NBA draft’s first round in hopes of securing the services of Texas center Mohamed Bamba.
Sitting at No. 5 and in need of a big man themselves, the Mavericks may also be in the hunt for Bamba. (Especially if you go by mock drafts.)
But for the Celtics to move all the way up from No. 27 into the high lottery, a significant package would have to be involved.
Deveney provided some interesting names that Boston could offer to willing trade partners.
Injuries to All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward provided opportunities for young Celtics players to shine throughout the season and into the playoffs. While Deveney says forward Jayson Tatum is unlikely to be made available, point guard Terry Rozier (16.5 points, 5.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game in the playoffs) and swingman Jaylen Brown (18.0 points per game in the playoffs) could be more likely to move.
With last year’s No. 9 overall pick used on point guard Dennis Smith Jr., Brown could be the centerpiece of a package Boston could offer Dallas for their No. 5 pick.
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