NBA commerce rumors: Celtics desirous about Mo Bamba, might transfer up in draft, SN sources say | NBA


The Celtics have been eradicated from the postseason simply days in the past, however they’ve established themselves as an up-and-coming group that figures to contend for a championship subsequent season. The one gap in what’s a largely loaded roster, although, is within the center. 

And whereas there have been ample rumors up to now yr about Boston chasing the likes of Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Cities, the reply could possibly be barely completely different: Texas heart Mo Bamba, who is predicted to be one of many high picks on this yr’s draft.

Sources advised Sporting Information that Boston has expressed curiosity in Bamba, together with interviewing him on the Chicago pre-draft mix two weeks in the past. Bamba measured in with a report wingspan of 7-10 in Chicago, reinforcing his standing as essentially the most ready-made rim protector within the draft.

After all, the problem is securing a choose that shall be excessive sufficient to land Bamba. He might go as excessive as No. three to the Hawks, and there has additionally been speak that the Magic — selecting sixth — are excessive on Bamba and gained’t let him drop previous their slot.

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The Celtics have the No. 27 choose, however they’ve a number of property available that might assist them transfer into the highest 5 of the draft, the place the Grizzlies (No. four) and Mavericks (No. 5) have made it clear they’re keen to make a deal.

It’s virtually sure that the Celtics wouldn’t transfer rookie ahead Jayson Tatum, who simply wrapped up the postseason because the group’s main scorer, at 18.5 factors per recreation. Much less sure, although, is what Boston may do with level guard Terry Rozier (16.5 factors, 5.7 assists and 5.three rebounds per recreation within the playoffs) or swingman Jaylen Brown ( factors per recreation within the playoffs).

The Celtics have been with out star level guard Kyrie Irving within the playoffs and main free-agent signee Gordon Hayward for all however the first 5 minutes of the season. Each gamers will return, decreasing the the roles of gamers like Rozier and Brown.

Staff president Danny Ainge has been aggressive in his makes an attempt to construct the Celtics right into a championship-caliber group, so whilst Rozier and Brown have turn out to be fan favorites, a deal involving both (or each) will not be out of the query.

As a way to transfer into the highest 5 of the draft, the Celtics would seemingly have to surrender both Rozier or Brown — Dallas (Dennis Smith Jr.) and Memphis (Mike Conley) have already got level guards, and would virtually definitely desire Brown.

And Boston most likely must embody this yr’s draft choose, in addition to no less than one choose subsequent yr, when the Celtics personal Sacramento’s choose (protected for the primary general choose) in addition to Memphis’ choose (top-eight protected).

However the Celtics have a near-complete roster. A rim protector like Bamba — who has additionally proven flashes of offensive enchancment heading into the draft — could possibly be a stable of completion.

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