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Rumor: Celtics interested in DeMarcus Cousins

Boston Celtics Vs. Sacramento Kings At TD Garden

BOSTON - DECEMBER 31: The Kings DeMarcus Cousins looks annoyed that he didn’t get the foul call after a play under the basket, as he sits while the rest of the players head for the other end of the court as play continued. The Boston Celtics hosted the Sacramento Kings in a regular season NBA game at the TD Garden. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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The Celtics could have 11 first-round picks in next four drafts.

Although a couple of those will likely turn into second rounders and another probably won’t be conveyed until later, Boston is stacked with draft picks.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has said he values those picks because he can trade them, and he’s made no secret he’d rather deal them for an established player rather than using them all.

It’s just a matter of the right veteran becoming available – like DeMarcus Cousins?

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Another Celtics’ big man rumor floating around during All-Star weekend has been their pursuit of All-Star DeMarcus Cousins.

The Kings didn’t just hire George Karl to trade Cousins now, but there’s a chance those two don’t click, especially if Cousins has voices in his ear working against the new coach.

The Celtics aren’t prying loose Cousins, who just made his first All-Star game, now. But they probably want to make sure Sacramento knows they have the resources to make a deal work if Cousins ever becomes disgruntled.