WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) With four picks in next month's NBA draft, the Boston Celtics can't just focus on a couple of players who look like they might be in their range.
The Celtics will look at as many as 100 or more potential rookies in preparation for the June 25 draft. Boston has two picks in the first round - its own at No. 16 and the Clippers' at No. 28 - and two more in the second: Philadelphia's at No. 33 and its own at No. 45.
Having four draft picks also makes it more likely that the Celtics will make trades - packaging a couple together to grab a lottery pick the team didn't get when it made a late-season push into the playoffs.