The Boston Celtics will think about moving out of the first round of tonight’s NBA Draft. (ESPN)
The Boston Celtics are taking a hard look at Marquette’s Jimmy Butler and Boston College’s Reggie Jackson with the 25th pick in the draft. But there’s another potential option for Boston.
The Celtics are open to moving out of the draft altogether if they can trade their pick for a young player. The Celtics have a $2.4 million trade exception that would allow them to take back a young player without having to send anything in return other than the 25th pick.
Sadly, trading the 25th pick in this (weak) draft will not fetch any good, cheap, young player (unless David Kahn’s in a giving mood). If the Celtics do trade the 25th pick, their prerogative would likely be to save themselves money and a roster spot rather than to find any useful, young talent. The Celtics could package the pick with something else, of course, but if they are trading the pick by itself, it won’t return much value. I see the Celtics trading the choice only if they feel nobody left on the board will help them next season.