By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Boston Celtics are discussing point guard Terry Rozier as part of potential trade packages in an attempt to move up in the 2018 NBA Draft, according to Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal.
Widely reported in trade talks involving both the Atlanta Hawks’ No. 3 pick and the Memphis Grizzlies’ No. 4 pick, the Celtics are also armed with three 2019 picks in addition to their own. They currently have a No. 1-protected pick from the Sacramento Kings, a top-8-protected pick from the Grizzlies, and a lottery-protected pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in 2019.
League sources tell Robb that the C’s are dangling Rozier to gauge his value among other teams. He’s due to make over $3 million in the final year of his rookie contract in 2018-19.
Perhaps complicating matters is that, as far as players of value that they’re willing to part with in a trade, the Celtics appear to be limiting themselves to Rozier. USA Today’s Sam Amick tweeted on Thursday that the Celtics are keeping Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown “off the table” in negotiations, which will make it much harder for them to move into the top-5.
Robb noted that, as others have recently reported, the C’s could be targeting Slovenian guard Luka Doncic at the top of the draft. They’ve also been linked to Texas center Mo Bamba, who is also projected as a top-5 pick.
At this point, it should come as no surprise that Rozier is the player Danny Ainge is dangling in front of clubs like Atlanta and Memphis for their top draft picks. As long as Tatum and Brown remain off the table, Rozier is easily the most tradable asset on their roster due to his relative affordability and upside.
However, all of the pre-draft reporting has consistently painted the Celtics as more of an outside shot at moving into the top-5. So, even if the proverbial fireworks do go off when the draft begins on Thursday night at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN, they may not be coming from Boston.
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