The Boston Celtics have one of the top picks in the 2016 NBA Draft, but it looks they want to build up some of their picks later in the draft first. It is being reported that the team is currently shopping their third overall pick in next week’s draft.
A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England reported that the Celtics want to build their roster with either veteran players or more picks later in the draft. If they do settle on trading the pick for a player, they are targeting some of the top players in the league.
“[I’m] hearing that No. 3 pick overall is the one that they are really shopping,” Blakely said, “trying to be as aggressive as possible in trying to move that pick, because they want to get a difference-making, impact player right now. And they believe using that No. 3 pick, and maybe some other players and/or picks, might be the best way to [make] that happen.”
He said that the Celtics are trying to land a few players that will likely be hot on the free agent market this offseason.
“The guys that they want are the guys that everybody wants,” he said. “We’re talking about [Kevin] Durant, we’re talking about Jimmy Butler, those type of players. And those guys are going to be at the top of their wish list until those guys say, ‘We don’t want to come to Boston.'”
The Celtics could certainly be making a big move over the next few days. The 2016 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 23 at 8 p.m. EST.
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