The Celtics have long been rumored to have an interest in acquiring 76ers big man Jahlil Okafor. Now, with Okafor wanting out in Philly and the Sixers shopping him, the Celtics are unwilling to part with a first-round pick to get him, the Boston Globe reported.
In Gary Washburn's Sunday NBA notes, he writes that a first-round pick is seen as too steep a price for the Celtics to pay for a player who'll be an unrestricted free agent in the summer:
Philadelphia does not want to buy out his contract and then watch him sign with a conference rival with no compensation. The Celtics have long held interest in Okafor, but as more of a project than an immediate contributor. Boston is also not willing to part with a first-round pick for Okafor.
The Celtics have the room to acquire a player now that the NBA has granted them an $8.5 million disabled player exception after Gordon Hayward's season-ending injury. That, and Okafor's situation in Philly, fired up the trade rumors again. Still, the Celtics are apparently unwilling to part with one of their many first-rounders for a half-season rental.
Before we find out what the Celtics will do with their three first round picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, take a look at Danny Ainge's draft history as President of Basketball Operations for the franchise.
2003: Troy Bell (1,16); Dahntay Jones (1,20); Brandon Hunter (2,56)
Bell, a former star at Boston College, was immediately traded to Memphis where he played in just six games before spending the rest of his professional career playing overseas; Jones has appeared in 622 NBA games with seven different teams; Hunter averaged 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 36 games as a rookie with the Celtics.
2004: Al Jefferson (1,15); Delonte West (1,24); Tony Allen (1,25); Justin Reed (2,40)
Jefferson is a career 17 points per game scorer, the key piece Boston had to part with in order to acquire Kevin Garnett in 2007; West’s versatility and toughness made him a fan favorite; Allen has become a perennial selection to the all-NBA defensive team; Reed played sparingly for Boston before being traded to Minnesota about halfway through his second season.
It's hard to believe the Boston Celtics won the 2008 NBA Finals over the Los Angeles Lakers 11 years ago.
Monday marks the 11th anniversary of the C's winning their 17th championship on June 17, 2008, so it seems like a good time to bring back an iconic moment from the celebration.
The Celtics trounced the Los Angeles Lakers 131-92 in Game 6 at TD Garden to clinch the franchise's first title since 1986. While there were many memorable moments from the postgame festivities, nothing stands out as much as Celtics star Kevin Garnett shouting "Anything's possible!" to ESPN's Michele Tafoya.
Re-live Garnett's amazing moment in the video below:
Celtics fans will never tire of that video, and nor should they.
Garnett waited 13 years to win his first NBA championship. He had accomplished nearly everything but a title in his 12 years with the Minnesota Timberwolves before joining the Celtics via trade in the summer of 2007. Garnett's triumph in 2008 a fitting addition to his Hall of Fame résumé.
☘️June 17, 2008: The New Big 3 pummel the #Lakers in Game 6 to secure the #Celtics 17th banner.
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