NBA Draft Rumors: Boston Celtics Must Trade into Lottery

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NBA Draft Rumors: Boston Celtics Must Trade into Lottery
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The Boston Celtics hold picks No. 21 and 22 in Thursday night's NBA Draft.

According to Adrian Wajnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics front office isn't satisfied.

Two first-round selections would be a blessing for most teams. If the Celtics have to keep theirs, it won't be the end of the world, but in their situation, one marquee talent is better than two rotation players.

I'm not saying you can't find a sleeper at No. 21. You can—and that's especially true in this year's deep class—but it's less likely.

If the Celtics stay in their current position they should take some combination of Royce White, Andrew Nicholson and Fab Melo. They need size, and these three players fit their draft value. White and Nicholson would bring additional scoring to the Celtic lineup, and Melo will be a physical defensive presence in the paint.

But none of these players are future NBA stars.

Boston, realistically, isn't going to move into the top 10. Its picks are its biggest asset. And I can't see another team giving up its top-ten pick for that price.

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The Celtics should shoot for anywhere between 11-14. Meyers Leonard, Tyler Zeller, Terrence Ross and Terrence Jones could all be available. They would all fill a need and make an impact next season.

The Boston brass must find Rajon Rondo a capable running mate for the future. Avery Bradley is scrappy but limited offensively. E'twaun Moore is unproven, and Jeff Green's health is a question mark.

They need to find an exciting offensive-minded player in this year's draft. This is an easy way to do it.

In 2007, Danny Ainge acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett on draft night. He isn't going to find that kind of talent in this year's talent pool, but he should certainly try.

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