NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics eyeing Dragan Bender to be the third overall pick; trading 16th and 23rd pick possible

The Boston Celtics are dead serious about a rebuilding process and the team’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge looks at Croatian Dragan Bender for their No. 3 pick.

NBA rumors are now swirling around the Boston Celtics who are reportedly eyeing Dragan Bender to be the third overall pick and trading other first round picks in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Despite their recent achievements, the Boston Celtics are still looking for improvements in order to be a title contender next season. In the 2015-16 NBA season, the Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. In the upcoming offseason, the Celtics are eyeing to make a huge adjustment with their roster either via trades or their picks in the 2016 NBA draft.

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The Boston Celtics are currently one of the best performing teams in the league. However, they need to fill the holes they have seen in the past seasons. Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post cited the importance of a player who has high accuracy in the three-point range for the Celtics. The recent playoffs showed that the Celtics’ current lineup only have limited players perfect for that role.

The Boston Celtics have three first-round picks in the 2016 NBA draft. Dragan Bender can be a good pick as the third overall. In the prospect’s video highlights, Bender proved to be a threat in the perimeter especially in the three-point range.

The 7-foot-1 Croatian is frequently compared to Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks. Recalling in the past NBA draft, Porzingis was booed by the crowd when he was chosen by the Knicks. However, with his performance in the 2015-16 NBA season, he has proven that they had made the right decision.

Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reported that Dragan Bender will be working out with the Celtics on June 21. Bender will be given the chance to prove that he deserves to be the third overall pick. Coach Brad Stevens confirmed that his team has narrowed the candidates for the #3 pick to ‘seven or eight guys’, and Bender is certainly in that group.

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The Boston Celtics are also eyeing to land a superstar in the upcoming offseason. The team has already expressed their desire to sign Kevin Durant in free agency. However, it seems likely that Durant has already decided to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder so the Celtics might want to re-consider other free agents in the market.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is eyeing to revive the Kevin Garnett-Ray Allen-Paul Pierce trio that once gave them a championship title in 2007. With the potential talents in free agency and trade market, the Celtics could use the 16th and 23rd overall pick to acquire a superstar via sign-and-trade deal or simply via trades.

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