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The Boston Celtics are looking to trade one or more of their three first-round draft picks, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
The Celtics currently hold picks Nos. 14, 20 and 22 and are likely don’t have a strong desire to bring three rookies on guaranteed contracts to the team next season.
This despite the expected departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford in free agency, as Bulpett reported.
But even minus Irving and Horford, the Celtics will still have players such as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and others who reached the Eastern Conference finals two seasons ago.
Dealing the draft picks may enable Celtics president Danny Ainge to land another veteran to offer immediate help to that group.
Talks between Horford and the Celtics reportedly broke down Tuesday, as Horford is seeking a four-year contract. Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reported the Celtics believe Horford may already have a good idea where he will sign.
Meanwhile, Irving has been linked to the Brooklyn Nets for more than a week. Several sources told Bulpett in a separate story that Irving has already made the decision to leave Boston.