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Sep 28, 2012; Waltham, MA, USA; The Boston Celtic logo on the hardwood floor during the media day at the Celtics training facility. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Boston Celtics looking to trade up

The Boston Celtics probably hoped their year in the lottery would have worked out a little better.

Instead of getting one the draft’s elite prospects like former Kansas Jayhawks’ swingman Andrew Wiggins, former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker or Australian point guard Dante Exum, they will likely have to settle for a prospect on a slightly lower level with the sixth-overall selection (although they may get a chance to draft Wiggins’ college teammate, center Joel Embiid, who might be the best prospect in the draft, because of his recent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot).

That’s why the Celtics are reportedly eyeing the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-overall pick, but according to Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald reports the Celtics have talked to the other four teams above them – the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz – as well.

The Celtics are reportedly being very active and are looking at several different scenarios. Ideally, the Celtics would like to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love and although they own two first round picks, have future picks and young talent like big men Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, there are reportedly other offers that seem more enticing to the Timberwolves. Of course, that could all change, especially if the Celtics could acquire one of the first few picks.

The NBA Draft is Thursday night. Stay tuned for FanSided for all of the latest news in the NBA and join us Thursday night as we break down every pick.


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