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NBA Draft rumors live: Will Celtics swing trade for high draft pick?

NBA Draft rumors live: Will Celtics swing trade for high draft pick?

Hold onto your butts, Boston Celtics fans.

You've already endured an eventful week reading reports that both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are expected to sign elsewhere in free agency.

But there will be more change on the way in Thursday's 2019 NBA Draft, where the Celtics own a total of four picks, including three in the top 22.

Those assets give Boston the option of either swinging a draft-night trade -- a strong possibility, per the latest reports -- or loading up on talent to complement young stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

So, what's the latest scuttlebutt on the Celtics' plans? We're tracking all of the news, rumors and reports right here between now and 8 p.m. ET. (All times Eastern.)

10:42 p.m.: Cavaliers trade four second round picks to Detroit for No. 30 overall

10:30 p.m.: Clippers trade 2020 first round pick and No. 56 to the Nets for No. 27 overall

10:20: Celtics trade Aron Baynes and the No. 24 overall pick to the Suns for the Bucks' protected first round pick in 2020.

9:43 p.m.: Grizzlies trade No. 23 and a future second rounder to the Thunder for No. 21 overall

9:39 p.m.: Celtics trade the 20th pick to the Sixers for No. 24 and No. 33

8:12 p.m.: As of now, it does not appear the Celtics will trade up in the draft.

7:52 p.m.: The Cavaliers are still discussing trades for the fifth pick, hoping to find a team to take on J.R. Smith's contract

7:37 p.m.: After trading up to the sixth overall pick in the draft, the Timberwolves are reportedly engaged in multiple trade discussions involving the sixth pick.

7:20 p.m.: The Celtics are one of five teams linked to talented USC wing Kevin Porter Jr. 

6:46 p.m.: The Celtics, along with the Timberwolves and Bulls, are interested in trading up with the Cavaliers for the fifth pick.

6:15 p.m.: There's even more movement in the top-10, with Minnesota jumping up after a trade with Phoenix.

5:57 p.m.: The #4 pick is off the board for the Celtics, as Atlanta has moved up into the top-five by packaging picks in a trade with the Pelicans.

5:29 p.m.: The Phoenix Suns have traded T.J. Warren to the Indiana Pacers, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

3:20 p.m.: Could 2017 No. 4 overall pick Josh Jackson be on the move? Both the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns could be open for business tonight, per SNY's Ian Bagley.

2:20 p.m.: Oregon's Bol Bol comes with an injury red flag, but it appears the Celtics are willing to take a flier on him.

12:40 p.m.: Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer reports there's interest in picks 20 through 23. Guess who owns picks 20 and 22?

12:38 p.m.: A note from earlier: ESPN's Jeff Goodman lays out what the Pelicans may want in return for the No. 4 overall pick.

11:30 a.m.: Keep a close eye on the third and fourth overall picks, as the Celtics' reported interest in Darius Garland could prompt them to make a move.

10:55 a.m.: The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly are one of five teams pursuing Al Horford...

10:22 a.m.: The Celtics reportedly are one team that could trade for Wizards star Bradley Beal, but ESPN's John Goodman doesn't see Washington moving him.

10:05 a.m.: The trades already have begun, as Golden State and Atlanta reportedly have swung a deal.

The Hawks have a host of draft assets and reportedly could compete with the Celtics for the New Orleans Pelicans' No. 4 overall pick.

9:10 a.m.: And so it begins... The C's reportely are putting Aron Baynes on the trade block as they eye extra cap space.

8:45 a.m. ET: We told you to prepare for an eventful day... ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said Wednesday night he expects "an extraordinary amount of trades" in this year's draft, with Boston in the thick of the action.

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Countdown to Celtics Camp: Who will be the Celtics' most impactful rookie?

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Countdown to Celtics Camp: Who will be the Celtics' most impactful rookie?

When the Boston Celtics open training camp next month, they will have a whopping eight first-year players on the court. That number will include four drafted rookies, two summer league standouts on camp invitations, an undrafted two-way player, and a European import.

In the fourth installment of our Countdown to Camp series, we asked our NBC Sports Boston panel to pick which of those rookies will have the biggest impact on the Celtics during the 2019-20 season.

Boston drafted four rookies in Romeo Langford (14th overall), Grant Williams (22), Carsen Edwards (33), and Tremont Waters (51). They later signed undrafted swingman Max Strus to one of their two-way deals, while summer league standouts Javonte Green and Tacko Fall are coming to camp with a chance to compete for a final roster spot. The Celtics also signed French 7-footer Vincent Poirier to add another body to their frontcourt.

That’s a lot of youth and inexperience but, then again, only four Celtics players have more than three years of NBA experience overall in Kemba Walker, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, and Enes Kanter. Which is to say that there will be plenty of opportunities for younger players to make an immediate impact if they prove themselves ready for immediate minutes.

Typically, you might lean towards the lottery pick but Langford missed all of summer league while rehabbing from thumb surgery and will be playing a bit of catchup when camp opens.

Given Boston’s new-look frontcourt following the departure of Al Horford and Aron Baynes, it would seem a solid bet to suggest that Grant Williams or Poirier might have the clearest path to contributing. As you’ll read below, our panel leaned heavy in that direction and we’d probably be inclined to agree with their pick.

But we could also make the case for Edwards, an elite bucket-getter at the college level who showed at summer league that he’s not bashful about getting up shots. The departure of Terry Rozier could open an opportunity for backup guard minutes and if Edwards can give a little offensive jolt to the second unit, he could carve out minutes.

Scoring against rotation NBA players won’t be as easy as it was against rookies and roster hopefuls at summer league but Edwards can create his own shot, brings some rugged defense, and will have a chance to stake his claim for backcourt minutes.

Abby Chin: Grant Williams

The Celtics need all the help they can get in the frontcourt. The opportunity is there. And I feel like there’s a lot of hype surrounding the smart, versatile, if a little undersized, Tennessee product. I’m expecting big things.

 

A. Sherrod Blakely: Grant Williams

The team's lack of depth and overall uncertainty in the frontcourt means all their bigs, Grant Williams included, will get a chance to play. He won't wow us with his numbers but his basketball savvy will come in handy on some nights and play a role in the Celtics winning more games than most anticipate.

 

Max Lederman: Grant Williams

Williams already has an NBA body (strength wise, at least) and is a smart, winning player. I was also really impressed with his willingness to let the game come to him in summer league, which shows me he'll be fine in whatever role the team asks him to play. He's also a concrete wall setting screens.

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Isaiah Thomas jokingly vows to never play defense again after thumb injury

Isaiah Thomas jokingly vows to never play defense again after thumb injury

Isaiah Thomas' latest attempt to return to NBA stardom suffered a setback this week when he suffered a thumb injury, which is expected to keep him sidelined for six to eight weeks.

The veteran point guard, who signed with the Washington Wizards in July, tweeted Wednesday he suffered the injury playing defense. 

You have to give Thomas credit for injecting a little humor into what is obviously a difficult situation for him.

Thomas quickly became a beloved figure in Boston despite his short tenure with the Celtics. He suffered a hip injury playing for the C's during the 2016-17 season, and he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston in August of 2017. Thomas has struggled to stay healthy and regain his All-Star form since that trade, and the the Wizards will be his fourth team since leaving Boston.

It's safe to say the basketball world is rooting hard for Thomas to make a successful comeback from his latest injury.

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