According to multiple reports, the Boston Celtics are looking to trade up in the NBA Draft to land a top-5 prospect, as they're currently in possession of the 14th, 26th, and 30th pick in the first round and wouldn't mind packaging all three to get a better spot.
And, given the fact that they could use an upgrade at the center spot, most people speculate that they intend to land USC standout Onyeka Okongwu, one of the most athletic players in this year's class who flashes Defensive Player of the Year potential.
That's why, when asked about the possibility of being drafted by a historical powerhouse, the 19-year-old didn't hesitate to show how honored and humbled he was, also, claiming that he's ready to embrace that kind of challenge:
“A player like me, I feel like I can fit anywhere…No matter what team or organization in the NBA due to my defensive versatility and my offensive upside and potential. Playing with Boston, your players like Kemba Walker, [Jaylen] Brown, and [Jayson] Tatum. I definitely feel like if I were to be drafted by Boston, I’d definitely fit into that young core they have," Okongwu told the media, as quoted by USA Today.
Okongwu is exactly the kind of player the Celtics need to get over the hump and finally take a step forward towards Championship contention. He'd perfectly fit their timeline as another young player with superstar potential and has an NBA-ready body to make an impact right away.
However, the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently entitled to the 5th overall pick and whether they'll be interested in trading down is yet to be seen, as they're also in the midst of rebuilding and are likely to lose Tristan Thompson in free agency, while Andre Drummond is entering the final year of his deal and Kevin Love is a likely trade candidate.