Celtics May Trade One Or Both Picks

When is a Celtics draft pick not a Celtics draft pick? When it is traded either during or after the draft.

I don't take this as rumor so much as informed speculation, but it is an interesting topic so here's the quote from Rich Levine of CSNNE.

Levine: Look for the Celts to trade one or both picks

"They're already got Avery Bradley, they've got JaJuan Johnson, they've got E'Twaun Moore . . . I don't think they can [keep Johnson and Moore and two rookies] if they want to be deep enough to compete. "So I think they're going to try and package and move up. Maybe move it for another piece. You know [director of basketball operations Danny Ainge is] going to be wheeling and dealing; that's what he does. But I'd very surprise if they take both picks."

I already wrote this evening about the pitfalls of moving up in a "flat" draft, but moving a pick or two for current assets certainly makes sense. The Celtics don't have many movable assets but they could very well do a trade of a pick for a player and take on more salary than they send out due to their cap space.

The only trick would be timing, as I don't think they'd renounce free agents until they got a feel for who was signing where. So there's a chance we may use both picks, introduce them, parade them around Waltham, and then send them packing a few weeks later.

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