During an appearance on Thursday evening, long-time Boston sports columnist Bob Ryan stated that the Celtics would like to trade up in the upcoming NBA Draft with aspirations of landing small forward Harrison Barnes.
Barnes, linked to the Cavaliers and their fourth-overall pick, is largely expected to be gone by the seventh selection when the Golden State Warriors are on the clock. The 6-foot-8-inch swingman had a largely disappointing sophomore season, but has seen his name amongst the top players to be taken come June 28th.
The Celtics presently own the 21st- and 22nd-overall selections in the draft and are expected to address the wing as well as the center position having been forced to give playing time to Ryan Hollins late in the 2011-12 season. The Charlotte Bobcats have long been rumored to be looking to move the second-overall selection, but are reportedly floating a heavy asking price.
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(Source: Red’s Army)