When the Boston Celtics found out they’d hold the No. 6 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, news almost instantly broke suggesting that they were open to trading the selection.
Much like the teams immediately below them, the Celtics were in that tough spot where a franchise player wasn’t obtainable in the draft but the pick was still valuable enough to select a potential All-Star. That in itself makes the pick valuable as a trade asset, but the Los Angeles Lakers (who own the No. 7 pick) and the Sacramento Kings (who own the No. 8 pick) are rumored to be shopping their picks.
That hasn’t stopped Boston from attempting to move their selection however as Sean Deveny says the Celtics have been ‘very active’ in trade talks.
“There have been rumors that the Celtics love Gordon, and that does appear to be the case,” says Deveny. “With Randle and Vonleh also on the board, Boston will have ample opportunity to add size. But don’t rule out a trade when it comes to this pick—the Celtics have been very active in trade talks.”
The Celtics don’t want to waste the prime years of point guard Rajon Rondo, understandably, but they also want to make sure the right trade is out there. If it’s not, there’s no reason to make a move just for the sake of doing it though they do appear to be one of the teams most primed to move their pick.
Earlier this past week, ESPN’s Chad Ford suggested they along with the Kings and Lakers were the most likely teams to move their top ten picks.