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If you ask me, there are four golden prizes in this 2014 draft: Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and Dante Exum. Top four is where you want to be.
At No. 6, the Celtics will likely be looking at Julius Randle, Noah Vonleh, Marcus Smart, Aaron Gordon and Dario Saric—all strong prospects who justify top-six value—just not ones who offer the same type of upside as our projected top-four picks.
If the Celtics really want to make a splash, they could look to package No. 6 with a combination of players and picks in an attempt to move into the top four and secure either Wiggins, Embiid, Parker or Exum.
If Wiggins and Parker go No. 1 and No. 2, it's possible the Philadelphia 76ers, who already have a point guard and center, won't be as interested in Exum and Embiid at No. 3, which might make them willing to trade down.
What if Wiggins, Parker and Exum go top three, and Embiid is there for the Orlando Magic, who already have a center? Maybe Orlando would then be willing to move down two spots if it was fairly compensated to do so.
The Celtics own the No. 17 pick as well as No. 6. They could put together a package of those two picks, along with some talent on the roster and negotiate from there.
It's too early to know whether the Sixers or Magic would even consider such a deal, but it's certainly an opportunity worth exploring if you're Danny Ainge.