Should the Boston Celtics pursue Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin?
Once free agency in the NBA begins on July 1, the Boston Celtics are currently one of two teams that have secured a meeting with Houston Rockets free agent center Dwight Howard. Howard recently opted out of his deal with Houston to become a free agent again just three years after signing in Houston; the 30-year-old Howard averaged 13.7 points and 11.8 rebounds this past year.
With the 31st overall pick, the first pick of the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics selected Deyonta Davis from Michigan State; the rights of Davis, along with the 35th overall pick, to the Memphis Grizzlies for a first round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
With the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics selected Ante Zizic from Croatia; Zizic was the second international pick taken by the Celtics and Danny Ainge and the third pick in the first round that the Celtics took in the first round on Thursday night.
With the 16th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics selected Guerschon Yabusele from France; the Celtics were able to make this pick due to the trade the team made in the winter of 2014 with the Dallas Mavericks that sent Rajon Rondo from Boston to Dallas.
With the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics have selected Jaylen Brown from the University of California; the Celtics reportedly received several trade offers for their pick, but decided to keep it and took Brown instead.
Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge Meets with Cavaliers’ Kevin Love’s Agent to Discuss Potential Trade: Report
Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge met with the agent for Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love to inquire on a potential trade for the 27-year-old, who may be playing his final games in Cleveland due to the fact that he hasn't meshed well with the Cleveland offense or with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving; Boston has been reported in the past to being very high on Love and interested in dealing for him and may be able to land him this summer.
The Boston Celtics could potentially look to make a trade on the night of the 2016 NBA Draft to land Jahlil Okafor from the Philadelphia 76ers and may even dangle the number three overall pick in the upcoming draft in order to entice the Philadelphia 76ers into a possible deal; the Celtics tried to land Okafor back at the trade deadline this past season, but were unable to, but could be successful again next month.
On Tuesday night during the NBA Draft Lottery, the Boston Celtics landed the number three pick in the 2016 NBA Draft as part of the trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets two year ago that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn and the Nets 2014, 2016 and 2018 first round picks plus five players back to Boston.
The Boston Celtics host the New Orleans Pelicans tonight at the Garden, but they'll have to get the job done without shooting guard Evan Turner. Turner has an abrasion on his eye and will miss the game, but is expected to be back on Friday.