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Danny Ainge may have downplayed the Celtics’ upcoming offseason, but a new report suggests that he’s not against making one more big move – at the draft.

According to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News, the Celtics have expressed interest in Texas center Mohamed “Mo” Bamba. Ainge would likely have to move the Celtics, who currently own the 27th pick, up into the top-6 selections in order to get him.

The C’s previously interviewed Bamba at the pre-draft combine. Deveny describes the 6-foot-11 Bamba, who measured a record 7-foot-10 wingspan, as “the most ready-made rim protector in the draft.”

Deveney speculates that either Jaylen Brown or Terry Rozier, plus a future first-round draft pick, would have to be part of the Celtics’ package to move up into the top-6, including their own pick this year. The Orlando Magic are picking sixth and reportedly wouldn’t let Bamba slip past that spot. Possible trade partners include the Grizzlies (No. 4) and Mavericks (No. 5), who would likely prefer Brown in a trade for their pick.

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place Thursday, June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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