League executives also said the Celtics were trying to move up in the draft, using their two first-round picks and two second-round picks as bait.
The executives said the Celtics were looking to trade point guard Marcus Smart and the Nos. 16 and 28 picks in the first round to Philadelphia for center/forward Nerlens Noel and the No. 3 pick. But the 76ers, the executives said, weren't interested.
Obviously Philly was not interested in this. Does Smart have a brighter NBA future than Noel does at the moment? Maybe he does, maybe he doesn't, although Noel garnished a lot more Rookie of the Year votes than Smart did (Noel finished third in the balloting, Smart fifth). Regardless, I highly doubt the Sixers would consider making this deal straight up, let alone if you throw in picks No. 16 and No. 28 for No. 3.
And for Celtics fans shocked at the idea that Danny Ainge is "shopping" Smart, consider this:
Just as a reminder of who we're dealing with here, Ainge said this morning that no one on the roster is untouchable.