Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge is trying to move up in the draft, and he reportedly offered Marcus Smart and draft picks to the Philadelphia 76ers for Nerlens Noel and the No. 3 pick.
The 76ers declined, but it’s an example of Ainge’s aggressiveness in moving up in the draft.
The Celtics hold the 16th, 28th, 33rd and 45th picks in Thursday’s draft.
“We’re having discussions to move up with both of our picks in the first round,” Ainge said. “We’re trying to move up with at least one of them. I think there will be some movement.”
Ainge added that not many teams are looking to move down, and many teams fall in love with players near the draft so moving up isn’t easy.
Boston has been involved in just about every big name because of the growing urgency to win and the available cap space. Whether it’s Kevin Love or DeMarcus Cousins, somewhere the Celtics fall in.
One position of interest for Ainge is a big man, a position that he believes is a strength of the draft. The Celtics only have Kelly Olynyk for bigs, but Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller are restricted free agents.