To the surprise of exactly no one, the Celtics are making a lot of phone calls leading up to the draft.
Boston has discussed a trade with at least one top-ten team. Described by a rival exec as "aggressive, one of the few teams thinking big."— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 23, 2015
Teams that could realistically trade out of the top-ten on Thursday: New York, Sacramento, Charlotte. Lot of chatter amongst execs right now— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 23, 2015
Hard to say if its an indictment on the depth of the draft or circumstances, but can't recall this many teams looking to get out of top-ten.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 23, 2015
Go Danny Go! Trade up and into the top 10!
Update: Danny's comments this morning confirm these reports:
Danny Ainge: "We’re having discussions to move up with both of our picks in the 1st round. We’re trying to move up with at least 1 of them."— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) June 23, 2015
Ainge hinted the draft could have a lot of movement. "Just, there's a lot of talk. A lot more talk."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) June 23, 2015
Ainge:"We’re always looking for quality over quantity. We have a lot picks.We’d like to make fewer picks this year, next year and so forth."— Boston Celtics (@celtics) June 23, 2015
Also, there's this rumor:
Lakers said to be chasing DeMarcus Cousins as NBA rumor mill heats up - LA Times
The executives said the Celtics were looking to trade point guard Marcus Smart and the Nos. 16 and 28 picks in the first round to Philadelphia for center/forward Nerlens Noel and the No. 3 pick. But the 76ers, the executives said, weren't interested.