The 2020 NBA Draft is fast approaching and trade rumors are flying everywhere.
The Boston Celtics are involved in several of them.
Earlier this month, it was reported the C's had offered all three of their first-round picks to try to move up in the draft order. The Celtics also have been listed as one of the teams reportedly interested in acquiring the No. 6 overall pick from the Atlanta Hawks. And, on Thursday, Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reported the Celtics have emerged as a potential trade destination for New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday.
Making some sort of trade involving one or more of their first-rounders is the best possible move for the Celtics. They don't need to add three or more rookies to a roster that is built to compete next season and already includes several recent first-round picks who need more playing time.
But what if the Celtics aren't able to make a trade? Who could they select with their first pick -- No. 14 at the end of the lottery?
One option is Florida State forward Devin Vassell, who told reporters that the Celtics are among the teams he's done a workout with.
Vassell is projected to be a late lottery pick in many mock drafts. It's also quite possible he's off the board before the Celtics are ready to pick at No. 14. NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg and Rob Snyder have Vassell going to the San Antonio Spurs with the No. 11 selection in their latest lottery projections.
The former Florida State star is a quality outside shooter and a very good perimeter defender, so he would be a really strong fit in Boston because that's the type of player the Celtics must add before next season.
Vassell scored 12.7 points per game on 49 percent shooting as a sophomore last season.