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Report: Boston Celtics will trade for Jahlil Okafor before Westbrook or Griffin

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Throughout the summer, the talk around Boston has been 'what are the Celtics going to do with all their draft picks?'

The most successful franchise in history had an incredible eight selections across the two rounds in 2016 and have four first-round picks and five second rounders coming in from other teams in the next four years.

Having missed out on Kevin Durant, rumours have been circulating that they are the top destination for his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook. There has even been a suggestion that they could attempt to prize Blake Griffin from the L.A. Clippers.

However, CSN is now reporting that the Eastern Conference franchise are more likely to trade for Philadelphia 76ers' young center Jahlil Okafor over the two All-Stars, and we all know Philly like draft picks.

An NBA scout told CSNNE.com: “From the moment Philly drafted Ben [Simmons], everyone around the league knew that they would have to trade a big, either Okafor or Nerlens [Noels]. Okafor is the better scorer; it’s not even close really. But Nerlens has that ability to run the floor and can protect the rim.

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"Those two qualities...  You can’t have enough guys in the frontcourt who call those two skills, strengths. That’s why Okafor is the more expendable player."

Okafor has his moments, there is no doubt about it, but a league official added that Boston is looking for more than just a player to 'make them better', and expressed doubts about a potential deal for the Duke alumnus.

“[Okafor] would help Boston, obviously,” he said. “But it’s clear that Boston isn’t looking to just add a player who can make them better. They’re looking for a guy who can come in and make an immediate impact in a really, really big way. Okafor’s good, but I don’t think he’s that kind of guy for that team.”

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Atlantic Division
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Boston Celtics
Jahlil Okafor
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