With the 2011 NBA Draft just a few hours away, the rumor mill is working overtime. One of the latest rumors has the Boston Celtics thinking about unloading their first round draft pick, No. 25 overall, in exchange for a younger player.
The Celtics are open to moving out of the draft altogether if they can trade their pick for a young player. The Celtics have a $2.4 million trade exception that would allow them to take back a young player without having to send anything in return other than the 25th pick. (via ESPN)
Ford indicates that the Celtics are taking hard looks at both Jimmy Butler of Marquette and Reggie Jackson of Boston College, both of whom have been linked to Boston during the NBA Draft process.
Butler, who played four seasons with the Golden Eagles, averaged 15.7 points and 6.1 rebounds last season. Butler also averaged 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 34.5 percent from three-point range.