The article said that Boston is targeting Kevin Durant and Jimmy Butler foremost, but there are no indications whether the two players would be willing to leave their respective clubs to join the Celtics next season.
Oklahoma product Buddy Hield is looking to secure a top-three spot in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft on June 23, and is doing well to boost his stock entering the draft.
Jamal Murray & Buddy HieldThe 2016 NBA Draft doesn't have a lot of hotly-debated positional battles like we've seen in the past few years, but there is an interesting clash going on in some mock drafts between Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield and Kentucky guard Jamal Murray.
Meanwhile, CSNNE noted that the Celtics are "aggressively shopping the no. 3 pick" before draft night. It now seems like Ainge has an uphill battle in his quest to build a champion. Signing Al Horford this offseason might be a very good move for the Boston Celtics. Or, if you're Danny Ainge and want a superstar to jolt your team forwards in a 2017 playoff push, why not pursue a trade instead?
The Celtics now have room to sign a pair of max contract players, but they have to make sure they're the right players. "At worst, maintain that flexibility going into next year to be able to make a deal", added Souza.
The Celtics have been quiet about which prospects they have if they end up keeping the No. 3 pick but another name has drawn serious consideration. Asked if he thought he was the best player in this year's draft, his competitive nature took over again.
Several teams with significant cap space this summer - the Celtics, Lakers, Suns, Mavericks among them - have the intention of pursuing Barnes, especially as a fallback option for Durant.
It's a little bit hard to directly compare Hield and Murray from a measurement standpoint, mostly because they haven't been measured at the same time at the same place. It was a consolation after they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Atlanta Hawks. Murray also shot a solid 78 percent from the free-throw line and he's a crafty player with the ball in his hands who does a great job of adjusting to what the defense gives him.
Souza also shared his thoughts on the Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals.