NBA draft rumors: Celtics willing to deal Marcus Smart

The Boston Celtics have a boatload of young talent, and the latest pre-draft rumor surrounding involves second-year man Marcus Smart. Per ESPN’s Marc Stein, Boston GM Danny Ainge is willing to move Smart in exchange for a high pick in tonight’s draft.

In his first NBA season out of Oklahoma State, Smart averaged 7.8 points, 3.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting just 37 percent from the field. Smart also posted 1.5 steals per contest.

This is certainly an interesting development, as Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe stated earlier today that the Celtics would have to be “blown away” for Smart to be dealt.

But that’s only the beginning of the rumors surrounding the Celtics and the draft.

According to SI’s Jake Fisher, the team offered Smart, big man Kelly Olynyk, plus the No. 16 and No. 28 picks in tonight’s draft to the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal that would have brought the No. 3 pick and Nerlens Noel to Beantown.

That’d certainly be a very involved deal, but one that could help both sides tremendously.

Nothing new has happened in terms of trade developments involving Smart or the Celtics, but Campus Sports will update this story and all other draft rumors as more information becomes available.

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