Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said this week he only intends to make “small tweaks” to the roster over the summer. Don’t take him at his word.
Boston is looking to move up in the draft in pursuit of Texas center Mo Bamba, according to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News. Bamba, who stands at 6-foot-11 and has a wingspan of 7-10, is projected to go as high as No. 3 to the Hawks. The Magic, who are picking at No. 6, are also reportedly interested in the potential game-changing center.
Bamba, 20, averaged 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game during his freshman season. He would provide the Celtics with a legitimate inside presence, which they lack.
The Celtics have a number of assets they could deal in an effort to move up the draft board. In addition to the No. 27 overall pick, they could include the Kings’ 2019 first-round pick (protected for No. 1 overall) or the Grizzlies’ 2019 first-round selection (top-eight protected).
With Kyrie Irving coming back next season, Terry Rozier could be expendable, too. The third-year guard came into his own this postseason, averaging 16.5 points, 5.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.
The Grizzlies (No. 4) and Mavericks (No. 5) appear to be logical trade partners for the Celtics if they want to strike a deal. But both teams have point guards –– Mike Conley in Memphis and Dennis Smith Jr. in Dallas –– so Ainge may have to dangle Jaylen Brown in order to complete a trade. That would be a much bigger sacrifice than Rozier, even with Gordon Hayward returning. Brown led the Celtics in scoring this postseason (18 points per game) and showed he can be a legitimate go-to player on the offensive end.
On the surface, it doesn’t look like the Celtics have to do anything to change their roster. But that’s not Ainge’s MO. History tells us they’ll likely once again be at the center of trade discussions through the NBA Draft.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog