Boston Celtics

General manager Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics speaks with the media during Boston Celtics Media Day on September 26, 2016 in Waltham, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

If Tuesday’s hot Celtics rumor was James Harden, it appears Wednesday’s will be a top-three pick.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Celtics are “searching for pathways” to acquire a top three pick in Wednesday night’s NBA Draft. Boston currently holds the 14th, 26th, and 30th picks in the first round.

Of course, a trade to move up that much would likely include one of – if not both – Kemba Walker and/or Gordon Hayward. Both have been involved in trade rumors in recent days. On Tuesday, the Celtics extended Hayward’s opt out deadline as they try to work on a deal.

The Celtics have picked in the top three twice recently, and with a high level of success. They drafted Jaylen Brown third overall in 2016, and Jayson Tatum third overall in 2017. Of course, it’s very possible given recent reports that Danny Ainge’s full plan is to acquire a top-three pick, then flip it for an established player.

Who could the Celtics take if they leap to the top of this draft and make the pick? 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Ty Anderson broke down potential prospects Ainge could target there, or in the late lottery. You can check that out here.

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