NBA Rumors: Celtics don't want all 2019 draft picks, could swing trade


The Boston Celtics have several critical decisions to make this offseason. Among them: What to do with all those draft picks?

The Celtics enter the 2019 NBA Draft with four selections, including three in the first round: No. 14, No. 20 and No. 22. Boston could acquire a solid talent with the 14th pick, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski suggested Tuesday night the team's other two first-rounders could be up for grabs.

"You’re going to see teams target those picks,” Wojnarowski said about the No. 20 and No. 22 picks on ESPN's NBA Mock Draft show, as transcribed by "(The Celtics) don’t want to have three rookies on this team next season."

The C's have had large draft classes before, taking Jaylen Brown, Guerschon Yabusele and Ante Zizic in the first round just three years ago.

But there a few more balls in the air this offseason, most notably a potential trade for New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, which likely would require at least one of the Celtics' first-rounders.

Even if Boston isn't able to land Davis, Danny Ainge and Co. likely would still be focused on building a championship contender, so packaging one or multiple first-round picks to acquire another talent seems more reasonable to add three rookie contracts to an already crowded roster.

An X-factor in the Celtics' plans, of course, is Kyrie Irving, whose future in free agency probably won't be determined until after the NBA Draft.

There are a lot of moving parts, but don't be surprised if the C's are wheeling and dealing in Brooklyn on June 20.

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