Remember when Billy King thought it was a good idea to trade four first round draft picks for two aging all-stars? Danny Ainge is certainly thanking him for it, and after the Boston Celtics had put together a solid season, they had the third overall pick fall into their lap as the Nets barely won 21 games.
Boston’s front office as been very involved with trying to trade their pick, and have spoken to numerous teams about possible packages. Although this year’s draft class isn’t the strongest, the Celtics would have a slew of great players to select with their pick: Buddy Hield, Jamal Murray, Kris Dunn, Dragan Bender, just to name a few.
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I could understand Ainge wanting to trade for a star who’s already solidified himself in the league, and ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the organization has spoken to the Bulls, Jazz, and Bucks to move their selection. In Milwaukee, Boston wanted a package of Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker. The Bucks declined. Utah’s Gordon Hayward was another option for Ainge, but reports indicated that Hayward was not available to be traded.
Chicago is also not interested in trading their star, Jimmy Butler, for Boston’s third pick. They didn’t want to ship of Butler around the trade deadline and they appear adamant about keeping him in Chicago.
Reportedly, the Philadelphia 76ers tried to get in on the action by offering Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel. Boston declined, the Philly still has yet to have any success in moving the two young big men.