NBA Mock Draft Roundup: Who Pundits Think Celtics Will Pick At No. 27
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BOSTON (CBS) — It may seem like the Warriors just completed their sweep of the Cavaliers in the Finals, but the NBA offseason is already win full swing.

We’re just one week away from the 2018 NBA Draft, meaning the mock drafts are being churned out at a fever pitch. There isn’t much for these mockers to work with in regards to the Boston Celtics, as Danny Ainge has just the No. 27 pick heading into next Thursday’s spectacle. Ainge doesn’t even have a second-round selection, though that will likely change once the picks start flying off the board. The rumor mill has been fairly quiet in regards to the Celtics, minus the debunked rumor that they were looking to move up to draft Texas big man Mo Bamba. Ainge should have the ammo to climb up the board if he wants thanks to next year’s Sacramento Kings pick sitting in his back pocket, but he’s also in a pretty good situation to stay the course this draft if he wants.

The Celtics don’t have many holes at the moment and already have a great young core with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Many of the mock drafters are basing their Celtics pick on the uncertainty surrounding guards Marcus Smart (a restricted free agent this offseason) and the future of Terry Rozier (restricted next offseason). Free agency doesn’t begin until after the draft, but if the C’s think Smart will leave town for a richer contract this summer, they should have plenty of options to help fill the...

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