Celtics, Magic, Wizards Trying to Move Up in NBA Draft

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With the NBA Draft just two weeks away, rumors have begun to run rampant on what teams are going to do in order to get closer to contention.

It’s been theorized that the Minnesota Timberwolves (1) and Golden State Warriors (2) are interested in trading down for the right price.

But Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer now reports that three teams are serious about trading up: the Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards, and Orlando Magic.

The Celtics  have three first-round picks (14, 26, and 30) as well as two first-round picks in Romeo Langford and Grant William from last season who barely got any playing time.

Rumors have suggested that the Celtics would be interested in trading up to the 4-8 range in order to take center Onyeka Okongwu from USC.

The Wizards have one first round pick (9) and one second round pick (37).

For the Wizards to move up, they’d likely need to package their first and second round pick alongside a young player like Troy Brown Jr.

The Orlando Magic have one first round pick (15) and one second round pick (45).

The most likely scenarios for the Magic to move up would them trading picks and either center Mohamed Bamba or forward Aaron Gordon; depending on salary-match needs.

With so much uncertainty going into the 2020 draft, it seems like just about anything could happen.