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Report: Celtics Shopping Perkins, No. 19 Pick To Move Up In Draft

Before the NBA draft begins Thursday night, the Celtics may be busy pulling off a trade. With GM Danny Ainge reportedly looking to improve the team right now, Boston may be willing to deal their No. 19 pick, and now, Kendrick Perkins? According to Sam Amrick of Fanhouse, the Celtics are shopping Perkins, as well as their first-round pick, to potentially move up into a lottery position.

A league front-office source told FanHouse that the Celtics have been dangling center Kendrick Perkins and their No. 19 pick to teams with high lottery picks in attempt to add a dynamic young talent to their aging core. It's a tough sell, considering Perkins is facing surgery as early as Friday after tearing his medial collateral ligament and partially tearing his posterior cruciate ligament in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Speculation before the draft should be very interesting today. For Celtics fans, trade possiblities are something to watch for as we inch closer to draft tonight.