Two league sources told CSNNE.com Friday that the Boston Celtics are “very open” to moving up in next month’s NBA draft.
And while the sources did not indicate which player Boston was targeting, there are growing signs that they have their sights set on trying to draft Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein.
NBC Sports featured this story today, but we really don't know what the Celtics are planning to do if and when they move up.
Sure, Blakely said signs are pointing to Cauley-Stein, but that's more of an educated guess than anything.
The Celtics have the 16th and 28th pick in this years NBA draft, but that isn't enough to crack the top 10, where Trill is most likely to be taken off the board.
They would have to throw both of those picks and a young player to really have a chance of climbing the draft board.
It does make sense for the Celtics to covet the Kentucky big man. He fills a desperate need of a down low presence in Boston. His offensive game needs some work, but it's not terrible and most likely would improve in Brad Stevens fast paces system.
From all accounts, Cauley-Stein would be open to playing in Boston thanks largely in part to former teammate at Kentucky and current Celtic James Young, telling Blakely,
“I try to keep up with him as much as possible,” Cauley-Stein said. “They (Celtics) did some really good things towards the end of the season to get where they were at. That’s what’s so intriguing about it; to do all that with young guys is amazing.”
Ultimately, the Celtics shouldn't empty the treasure chest for Trill, no matter what Larry Bird says, but if they do move up and select him, Celtics fans should be happy with the pick.
Best case I see DeAndre Jordan.
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