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Report: Celtics looking to acquire No. 1 pick

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The Boston Celtics have been linked to several rumors over the last month or so, but their latest rumor could be the biggest. According to a CSNNE.com report from A. Sherrod Blakely, the Boston Celtics have interest in acquiring the top pick in Thursday’s draft.

A league source has told CSNNE.com that the Celtics have engaged the Cleveland Cavaliers about acquiring the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.

While no deal is imminent, Boston’s pursuit of the top overall pick speaks to their desire to indeed create “fireworks” in a draft that took a step back in terms of luster at the top following the navicular bone fracture to Joel Embiid’s right foot.

If the Celtics were able to acquire the number one pick, Blakely suggests that they would choose between Duke’s Jabari Parker and Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins. Both Wiggins and Parker have been the consensus one-two selections after the foot injury to Joel Embiid.

While most teams have shifted focus to acquiring Wiggins or Parker, the Celtics continue to stay linked to Embiid, who hold two first-round picks, and still have interest in the Kansas big man.

Boston, currently the holder of the No. 6 and No. 17 picks, is interested in Embiid and would consider moving up to acquire him if they were to see his most recent medical reports and the Celtics’ doctors believe that, based on that additional information, he’s worth the risk.

It makes sense that plenty of teams are interested in drafting Wiggins/Parker, and those who don’t sit in the top 3 selections will need to trade into one of the slots to get themselves in position. Boston seems to be looking to make a splash in Thursday’s draft.

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