Even after everything the Boston Celtics have been through this season with their young core, coming one win away from making the NBA Finals without two of their All-Star players for the entire postseason, apparently, they’d be interested in trading away some of their young pieces to move up in this year’s upcoming NBA draft.
Boston’s potential-laden trio of Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier, and Jaylen Brown have been phenomenal for the Celtics in the face of adversity since game one of the regular season, but according to Sporting News‘ Sean Deveney, the Celtics wouldn’t be opposed to trading one or two of them if it means they’d be able to draft Texas product Mo Bamba.
Sources tell @SeanDeveney the Celtics are interested in top prospect Mo Bamba.
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) May 30, 2018
“Boston has expressed interest in Bamba, including interviewing him at the Chicago pre-draft combine two weeks ago. Bamba measured in with a record wingspan of 7-10 in Chicago, reinforcing his status as the most ready-made rim protector in the draft.”
Deveney did make it clear that the Celtics would like to keep Tatum off the table in trade negotiations, but would be very open to trading either Rozier or Brown if it guarantees them Bamba.
Boston would also sweeten the deal with their own first-round pick, selecting 27th this year, as well as a few future picks.
In the report, Deveney states that the Memphis Grizzlies (No. 4 overall) and the Dallas Mavericks (No. 5 overall) would be willing to make a deal, but are in no need of Rozier, as they already have Mike Conley and Dennis Smith Jr. respectively.
However, both the Atlanta Hawks (No. 3 overall) and Orlando Magic (No. 6 overall) do need a starting point guard, and Scary Terry could definitely fill the void for them, especially after the stellar year he’s had running the Celtics’ offense with Kyrie Irving out due to knee surgery.
That being said though, Kyrie’s injury history has been extremely turbulent almost his entire career, and Boston would be taking a major gamble trading away one of the best backup point guards in the league to acquire a higher pick in this year’s draft.