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NBA Rumors: Celtics eyeing trade for No. 4 pick to take Darius Garland

NBA Rumors: Celtics eyeing trade for No. 4 pick to take Darius Garland

The Boston Celtics and their three first-round picks could be a wild card at the 2019 NBA Draft.

The Celtics are one of three teams considering trading up to the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday's draft with the intention of selecting Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland, ESPN's Jonathan Givony reported Tuesday.

The New York Knicks own the No. 3 pick, and Givony reports they're seriously considering taking Garland over Duke's R.J. Barrett. Garland suffered a meniscus injury just five games into his lone season at Vanderbilt but was a five-star recruit out of high school who's drawn comparisons to Damian Lillard.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported that Boston would rather not use all of its 2019 draft picks, so president of basketball operations Danny Ainge could solve that problem by packaging some combination of the No. 14, No. 20, No. 22 and No. 51 picks to land the No. 4 pick from the New Orleans Pelicans.

Garland averaged 16.2 points per game on 58.1 percent shooting in those five games for the Commodores and would fill a need for the Celtics if Kyrie Irving and/or Terry Rozier depart in free agency.

Update (3:45 p.m.): Another team has jumped into the mix for the No. 4 pick. According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, the Indiana Pacers have discussed a trade with the Pelicans for the fourth overall pick. The C's Eastern Conference foe is looking to pair shooting guard Victor Oladipo with a playmaking point guard, as both Darren Collison and Cory Joseph are off Indiana's books. 

O'Connor reports that New Orleans is open to trading the pick — which it acquired in the Anthony Davis blockbuster trade — for either a draft pick-centered package or a player-based offer. The Celtics have both players and draft picks, but unless they value De'Andre Hunter or Darius Garland particularly highly, it's unlikely they part with the Memphis pick or a key player like Marcus Smart.  

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive 1-on-1 interviews with Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter, Danny Ainge and Wyc Grousbeck

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0:56 - Draper, Blakely, and Forsberg discuss the optimism surrounding the team and the acquisition of Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter.

2:28 - How much more likable is the year’s Celtics team?

4:30 - Where do the Celtics sit in the Eastern Conference now that these deals are said and done?

6:34 - What stood out the most from the introductory press conference?

7:52 - Kemba Walker 1-on-1

15:21 - Danny Ainge 1-on-1

22:55 - Enes Kanter 1-on-1

33:23 - Wyc Grousbeck interview

38:56 - How will the offense have to change with Kemba at the helm?

41:17 -Danny Ainge said that he had a feeling Kyrie was gone around March/April

41:17 -How entertaining will Kanter be this season?

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Check out Kemba Walker wearing No. 8 green Celtics jersey for first time

Check out Kemba Walker wearing No. 8 green Celtics jersey for first time

Kemba Walker wearing a green Boston Celtics jersey seemed quite unlikely just a few months ago, but it's now the reality for the historic franchise.

The star point guard -- who was officially introduced Wednedesday during a press conference at the Auerbach Center -- looks pretty good in Celtic green, and the proof is in the photos below.

Walker signed a four-year, $141 million max contract with the Celtics in NBA free agency. He will replace Kyrie Irving as Boston's starting point guard, primary scorer and leader.

The UConn product chose to wear No. 8 because many other numbers are retired in Boston and his birthday is May 8. He also talked to former Celtics star Antoine Walker and received his blessing to wear No. 8.

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