The NBA trade deadline is less than a month away, and that means trade rumors are starting to heat up around the league.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and Orlando Magic forward Serge Ibaka are the big names most involved in rumors of late. The Boston Celtics, who have the most quality assets in the league to trade, are at the heart of many of these rumors.
The Celtics also have the right to swap 2017 first-round picks with the Brooklyn Nets because of a previous trade, which could give Boston its first No. 1 overall selection since 1980 — when the C’s traded it to the Golden State Warriors for Robert Parish and the No. 3 pick, which turned into Kevin McHale.
Boston needs another superstar to elevate the team to legit championship contender status, and dangling this year’s Brooklyn pick swap could help them acquire that kind of player.
Here’s our fourth NBA mock draft of the season (draft order based on standings as of Feb. 1).
1. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn Nets): Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington
2. Phoenix Suns: Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA
3. Los Angeles Lakers: Dennis Smith Jr., PG, NC State
4. Dallas Mavericks: Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas
5. Orlando Magic: Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky
6. Philadelphia 76ers: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State
7. Miami Heat: Jonathan Isaac, PF, Florida State
8. New Orleans Pelicans: Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke
9. Sacramento Kings: Harry Giles III, PF, Duke
10. Minnesota Timberwolves: Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
11. New York Knicks: OG Anunoby, SF, Indiana
12. Detroit Pistons: De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
13. Portland Trail Blazers: Edrice Adebayo, C, Kentucky
14. Milwaukee Bucks: TJ Leaf, PF, UCLA
15. Denver Nuggets: Lauri Markkanen, C, Arizona
16. Charlotte Hornets: Isaiah Hartenstein, PF, Germany
17. Chicago Bulls: Robert Williams, PF, Texas A&M
18. Indiana Pacers: Ivan Rabb, PF, California
19. Oklahoma City Thunder: Terrance Ferguson, SF, Australian League
20. Memphis Grizzlies: Alec Peters, PF, Valparaiso
21. Atlanta Hawks: Justin Paton, C, Creighton
22. Washington Wizards: Jonathan Motley, PF, Baylor
23. Utah Jazz: Marques Bolden, C, Duke
24. Toronto Raptors: Omer Yurtseven, C, NC State
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Luke Kennard, SG, Duke
26. Brooklyn Nets (from Boston Celtics): Justin Jackson, SF, North Carolina
27. Cleveland Cavaliers: Josh Hart, SG, Villanova
28. Houston Rockets: Jaron Blossomgame, SF, Clemson
29. San Antonio Spurs: Kostja Mushidi, SG, Germany
30. Golden State Warriors: Tyler Lydon, PF, Syracuse
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