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Report: Celtics ‘dangling’ two late first round picks to try to move up in NBA Draft

Danny Ainge

Danny Ainge, president of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics, answers a reporter’s question during media day at the NBA basketball team’s training center in Waltham, Mass., Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


As of this moment, the Celtics have two first round picks in this summer’s NBA Draft -- the 16th and 28th overall selections.

But with the talent level getting more uncertain the deeper on the draft board we go, Boston is reportedly looking to trade those two picks for one in order to move up and have a chance of selecting more of a sure thing.

From Gery Woelfel of

It’s hardly a secret a slew of teams, including several lottery ones, are exploring potential trades. One team that is making a concerted effort to move into the lottery, league sources claim, is Boston. The Celtics are dangling their two No. 1 picks: Nos. 16 and 28.

Depending on just how high the Celtics are thinking of going, they could also add future draft picks in any potential trade to sweeten the pot -- mainly because they’re currently in possession of too many of them.

After this season, the Celtics own the rights to a total of 15 picks over the next two seasons. The reason for stockpiling that many assets wasn’t to use them to bring in a huge crop of rookies in the coming years, it was to package them in trades that could help get some higher-level talent in place more quickly on the roster.

This would appear to be a nice opportunity for that, provided Boston can move up enough to select a player the team truly wants.