This is kind of out nowhere. How can Danny get the number one pick? And without trading Rondo..
A league source has told CSNNE.com that the Celtics have engaged the Cleveland Cavaliers about acquiring the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft.
While no deal is imminent, Boston's pursuit of the top overall pick speaks to their desire to indeed create "fireworks" in a draft that took a step back in terms of luster at the top following the navicular bone fracture to Joel Embiid's right foot.
If the Celtics were able to secure the top overall pick, they are expected to choose between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, arguably the top two players in this draft although multiple sources indicate Boston would lean more towards Wiggins than Parker.
Cleveland has been listening to offers for the No. 1 overall pick for weeks, but most anticipated the Cavaliers keeping it until the news broke of Embiid's foot injury which will keep him sidelined for at least four months.
The Cavaliers have not come out publicly to say that they will not draft Embiid.
As that rumor comes, Ainge says the Celtics likely keep both picks in the first round.
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Pouring a little cold water on dreams of Kevin Love (and maybe posturing because it's rumor season), Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe that “the most likely scenario” includes his team keeping both of its first-round picks.