NBA Draft Rumors: Why Kris Dunn Avoiding Celtics Could Lead To Trades

Losing out on a top two selection Tuesday night hurts the Celtics chances of being that much better and taking that next step in the foreseeable future.

The good news is that they didn't move down, either.

One of Bleacher Report's NBA analysts, Ric Bucher, said to have started the rumor after he suggested in a video posted at their website that the Celtics should explore the possibility of snagging Irving from Cleveland using their no. 3 selection in the coming NBA Draft this June.

On top of picking right near the top, the Boston Celtics also hold the 16th and 23rd overall picks in the first-round and the 31st, 35th, 45th, 51st and 58th overall pick in the second-round. For the 76ers, they have a few options regarding trade partners.

To get Okafor, Danny Ainge would have to offer the third pick and maybe someone like Marcus Smart and/or Avery Bradley in the deal in order to get Okafor, who would immediately make the Celtics an even better team that they were this past season.

The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett spoke with Bryan Colangelo about Ainge and the Celtics' current position this week. It makes sense to take Okafor. But I'm sure we'll talk and see what might be there.

Most people see the draft as a two-man draft but there are more than just two good players in this draft.

"I think the guy they're going to trade for is Okafor", Simmons told 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich" on Wednesday.

As the No. 3 overall pick a year ago, the Sixers forward established himself as a legitimate, top-notch National Basketball Association big man. "If you think about it, it makes makes a ton of sense for Philly".

Bill Simmons, a noted die-hard Celtics fan, believes that the Celtics will trade the No. 3 overall pick to the 76ers in exchange for Okafor. "If you put Ben Simmons with any of those guys, it doesn't really make any sense", Simmons said. He's the legitimate, go-to, 7-footer the Celtics crave. Most every GM in the league recognizes that the league is now dominated by either sharp-shooting guards or tall, physical freaks of nature like LeBron James or Kevin Durant and that traditional, back to the basket centers are a thing of the past. Beck identified him as a "modest target" for the no.3 pick but the Celtics may have to add one other player to the package.

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