Celtics looking to move down

Celtics looking to move down
June 26, 2014, 5:45 pm

BOSTON — The Celtics are still looking to make a move in tonight's draft. Since their efforts to land the No. 1 pick have fallen upon deaf ears in Cleveland, Boston has made a push towards moving down in the draft.

Currently holding the No. 6 and No. 17 picks, the Celtics are interested in giving up the No. 6 pick in exchange for a pick that's still in the lottery (top 14).

The Sacramento Kings have been eager to trade their No. 8 pick, but a league source indicated that the Kings are not interested in moving up just two spots.

"In all likelihood, the Celtics are going to stay there with the No. 6 pick," the source said. "But hey, they're trying to make something happen."

With the No. 6 pick, Boston is expected to choose from a quartet of players that includes Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, Arizona's Aaron Gordon, Indiana's Noah Vonleh and Kentucky's Julius Randle.

Not all four players are expected to be available at No. 6, but that's the pool of players the Celtics are giving serious thought to picking from if the first five picks go as expected.

Boston was hoping Joel Embiid might slip to them at No. 6, but sources indicate that the Philadelphia 76ers are leaning towards taking the injury-riddled big man at No. 3.