Tim Welsh, Gary Tanguay and Michael Felger discuss the C's propensity for giving up large leads so far in their series against the Heat.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and his son, Austin Ainge, the team’s director of player personnel, will be in Israel this weekend scouting Dragan Bender, the potential No. 3 pick in the draft, the Boston Herald reported.
Bender, a 7-foot-1, 18-year-old from Croatia, won’t be playing in games this weekend but will be practicing for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Bender is a bench player for Maccabi, averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds. Still, his size and potential to develop have him projected to go as high as No. 3.
Danny Ainge was in Croatia earlier this week scouting 6-11 Ante Zizic.
There’s a high likelihood the Philadelphia 76ers will trade Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel in connection with the June 23 draft, in which the Sixers hold the No. 1 pick, ESPN’s Chad Ford reported.
The Celtics, who have the No. 3 pick, have been rumored to be willing to part with it in a deal that includes Okafor.
Ford said in an interview with Philadelphia-area radio station ESPN 97.3:
You will not see the Nerlens Noel-Jahlil Okafor pairing at the start of next season. I think that they'll gauge the interest of both players. I think that there might be a slight preference for Noel, to keep him around with the Sixers, and I think you might be right, there might be a slight, better value for Okafor out on the market, but I think everyone agrees that that combination of those two players doesn't necessarily work.
The Sixers are expected to choose LSU’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram with the top pick. Ford and Marc Stein also reported Philly’s willingness to deal Okafor or Noel in this ESPN article.
As a deal with the Celtics for the No. 3 pick, Ford told 97.3:
Absolutely…If I was Philadelphia, it would be done tomorrow. I don't know if Boston would do it, but for Philadelphia, 100 percent. That would allow them to actually I think bring in another guard, an elite guard, whether that's Kris Dunn or Jamal Murray, and suddenly now you've got a very, very bright future. I think that's an easy call for the Sixers if Boston would do it.
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry attended Thursday’s OTA session and offer their analysis on some of the new additions in Quick Slants the podcast.
Also on the docket, a look at some upcoming contract situations for the team, Tom Brady’s 17th season and Robert Kraft taking legal action in support of Brady.
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