5 intriguing options for Boston Celtics to address center position

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1. Onyeka Okongwu, NBA Draft

Danny Ainge is no stranger to splash deals and there is an opportunity for one on draft night.

We mentioned the fact that the Celtics have two first-round draft picks. It is actually three. They hold the Milwaukee Bucks’ pick at No. 30. There is a chance they could move up for USC standout Onyeka Okongwu.

Mock drafts have Okongwu floating around the top 10, anywhere from No. 4 to No. 9. If he falls anywhere past five or six, the Celtics could move up. He will not be there at 14, that is clear, but trading up would be worth it.

Okongwu is a player who is ready to contribute immediately. That is usually not the case for big men anymore. Okongwu has graded very well throughout the draft process and many believe he will be a force at the next level.

This seems like the best option for the Celtics. They would not have to take on a high price tag and could continue to get younger. Trading up for a player like Okongwu would be a slam dunk.

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