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The Celtics, despite holding just one late-second round selection in this month’s NBA Draft, have been involved in some strange rumors lately. There’s a report in Tuesday’s Memphis Commercial-Appeal that says the Celtics might be interested in acquiring the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft from the Memphis Grizzlies.
…The Griz still are entertaining offers for the No. 2 pick as well as their 27th and 36th selections.
As the rumor mill churns, the Griz have been approached by several teams about acquiring the second overall pick. Boston, Houston, and New York are said to be among the most recent suitors.
Boston and Houston likely would have to offer an established NBA player or two, given that neither team owns a first-round pick. New York has the eighth pick and likely would want to move up for the opportunity to take [Spanish point guard} Ricky Rubio.
Reaction: Which established NBA player would the Celtics trade for the No. 2 selection? Would they consider trading Ray Allen to the Grizz for the No. 2 pick and another player? If they’re interested in Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio (who’s apparently drawn comparisons to NBA legend Pete Maravich), what do they do with a top 5 PG in Rajon Rondo? They may also be interested in UConn center Hasheem Thabeet (7’2″), but is he worth it at No. 2? Danny Ainge has made some wildly successful moves in the past…but I’m not so sure about trading any “established NBA star” on the C’s squad.
I wonder how valid this report is. The rumored trade between the Celtics and Suns earlier this month was completely unfounded, as confirmed by the radio host who invented it (Gambo emailed me back about the rumor’s origin, and said: “its coming from me”).
Either way, Celtics fans now have something to think about while (sigh) the Lakers roll to another NBA Title.