As we are less than 48 hours away from the NBA Draft, speculation is beginning to pick up all around the league involving a variety of moves. Here’s the latest filtering around concerning the C’s this morning. We’ll start with a report from the LA Daily News that pegs the C’s as one of the teams in moving up to pick Nikola Vucevic:
NBA personnel said this week Vucevic will probably be drafted somewhere between the No. 9 and No. 17 picks, which makes it seem silly there were doubts he would turn pro a few months ago. “He’s moved up drastically during his workouts,” said an NBA general manager who did not wish to be identified. “A lot of teams like him now.” The Knicks are believed to be highly interested, along with the Houston Rockets. The Boston Celtics are even interested in trading up in order to select Vucevic, according to sources.
Count them as possible, but certainly not probable, as the C’s potential trade assets this draft (barring a blockbuster) consist of Avery Bradley and future draft picks. Now, if the C’s consider getting a young big that can help now as a bigger priority than whatever potential Avery Bradley might bring them, than you could certainly make the case for dealing the 20-year-old. Given how highly Ainge speaks on Bradley however, it’s easy to deem this possibility unlikely.
Here’s also the latest from Andy Katz over at ESPN, who’s plugged in well within the organization, regarding some potential favorites for Boston at 25:
Boston brought back Marquette’s Jimmy Butler for a second workout within a week, putting Butler in the mix at No. 25. The Celtics are also considering Jeremy Tyler, who played in Israel and Japan recently, among other places. Cleveland State’s Norris Cole has also been tabbed as a favorite among some circles in the organization. Cole has interest in teams like Sacramento if the Kings don’t get a point guard in the lottery.
A lot of likable names we’ve talked about at length earlier this week at CelticsHub. Stay tuned for the latest on any more rumblings around the rumor mill for the time being.