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Rumor: Celtics looking to package first round picks to move up in draft

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Per The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Boston could be making a significant move ahead of the November 18th draft.

Boston Celtics Hold Introductory Press Conference For Draft Picks Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Here’s the scoop from former CelticsBlogger and current Ringer Kevin O’Connor:

The Celtics have offered their three first-round picks (nos. 14, 26, and 30) in trades to try and move up, according to multiple league sources. So far, no one is biting.

There’s no indication who Boston could be targeting or what position they’re trying to fill. For what it’s worth, most draft experts think packaging picks could position the Celtics in the back end of the top-10. In KOC’s mock draft, #5-#10 are all perimeter players: Isaac Okoro, LaMelo Ball, Tyrese Haliburton, Killian Hayes, Devin Vassell, and Kira Lewis Jr.

CelticsBlog’s Adam Spinella recently profiled Alabama’s Lewis Jr. as a possible fit:

The sophomore from Alabama is the closest thing to the human reincarnation of the Looney Tunes character Road Runner. A true speedster in every sense, Kira Lewis thrived in an up-tempo system where he was the lead creator. Lewis is at his best in transition and with the ball in his hands, but he’s much more polished in the half-court than he gets credit for.

As it stands, Boston still has one year left on Javonte Green’s contract, a $1.75 million team option on Semi Ojeleye, and a free agent decision pending with Brad Wanamaker. Little used Carsen Edwards also has two years remaining on his rookie deal and Tremont Waters was the G-League’s Rookie of the Year and one of the Celtics’ two-way players.