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Celtics rumors: Boston’s plans for 3 1st-round picks, revealed

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The Boston Celtics hold three first-round picks in the 2020 NBA Draft, giving them an endless amount of possibilities on what they can do. After reports surfaced that the Celtics could trade up in the draft, ESPN’s Zach Lowe confirmed that Boston is looking into possible trades involving their picks.

In the 2020 NBA Draft, the Celtics own the No. 14, No. 26, and the No. 30 overall picks in the first round. Earlier this week, it was discovered that Boston — along with the Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic — are considering trades to move up in the draft.

At the same time, Lowe shares that the Celtics are also looking into veterans they could acquire for some of their first-round picks.  Names like Chris Paul, Danillo Gallinari, Larry Nance Jr., and Dennis Schroder were mentioned as possible candidates to be traded.

While those names would be welcomed additions to the Celtics, Boston is desperate to find a center that can protect the paint. Lowe hints at Rudy Gobert being a longshot trade piece for the Celtics with the Utah Jazz likely unwilling to move him this offseason.

Plus, if Boston wants to acquire Gobert — or another center — they’d likely need to include Marcus Smart in a deal. The Celtics have been adamant about not trading Smart in previous seasons and it’s tough to believe their thoughts on him have changed.

There’s a chance Boston chooses to use the draft in hopes to find the missing pieces they need to advance further in the postseason. Regardless of whether it’s a trade-up for a certain prospect or a veteran, the Celtics appear to be aggressively looking to make a move with their three first-round selections.