The 2016 NBA Draft is just eight days away and there are a lot of NBA rumors surrounding teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. According to the latest speculations, one ESPN writer suggested that the Celtics can acquire D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle from the Lakers for a couple of draft picks and trio of role players.
Chad Ford of ESPN recently published a report about five trades that may happen on or before draft night. He noted that there are no actual trade talks happening but the teams and players involved have been part of NBA rumors for the past couple of months.
One of those trade scenarios is the Lakers sending D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle to Boston in exchange for the No. 3 and 16 picks along with R.J. Hunter, Jonas Jerebko, and Jordan Mickey. Ford mentioned that LA already has the second overall pick and the addition of the third overall selection and a couple of young players are something to build upon.
However, the Celtics don’t need young players to develop but stars that can help then become legitimate title contenders. They have been previously linked with Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love and Paul George.
On the other hand, the Lakers are still unsure on what to do with their pick as general manager Mitch Kupchak wants to speed up the rebuilding process. They can also sign big name free agents this offseason and just like Boston, trade for an established star.
According to the Arbella Early Edition crew of CSN New England, they don’t see the trade happening and it won’t even be discussed by the Celtics and Lakers. But if ever they did discuss, the Lakers are probably going to ask for more while Boston won’t give up too many players for two inexperienced guys.
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