As we’ve said a few times about the upcoming NBA Draft, Boston has the 14th, 26th and 30th pick. Tre Jones would be a great fit with the Celtics but they also have more first round picks than they can realistically use and the longer they keep them, the less value they have.
So it’s not surprising to see they’re considering trading those picks to move up. No one has bit yet but there’s still time and they can always sweeten the offer.
The question is: who are they hoping to get?
That would have to be a Top Five pick which would mean they’d most likely be after Anthony Edwards, Deni Avdija, Onyeka Okongwu, LaMelo Ball or Obi Toppin - unless Danny Ainge has some other plan that depends on this trade.
Anyone else would likely come with a cheaper price and three picks would be overpaying.
So who would it be?
Our guess would be Minnesota and they might be after Okongwu or Ball. The T-Wolves have the top pick obviously, which would give Boston whoever they want, plus Minnesota has the 33rd pick that might be acquired in the deal. And since players like Vernon Carey, Isaiah Stewart, Cassius Stanley and Elijah Hughes might still be around and a relative bargain as a second-round pick, it makes a lot of sense. They just have to make it attractive enough for Minnesota to bite.
But it could also be Charlotte and it wouldn’t be the first time someone took advantage of the Hornets in a major trade.