Celtics trade up in new 2021 NBA mock roundtable draft, move on from Carsen Edwards

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The NBA Wires family of sites have put together a roundtable mock draft for the second year in a row, simulating how editors and contributors to the constellation of USA TODAY SMG basketball outlets believe the 2021 NBA draft will go down.

And while the Boston Celtics only have the No. 45 pick to work with in this year’s annual talent pipeline event, the team pulls off an interesting deal with a popular trade partner of late, engineered by Celtics Wire managing editor Justin Quinn. That trade partner would be the Oklahoma City Thunder as managed by Thunder Wire’s head honcho Logan Newman, who continued to take advantage of the Celtics’ surfeit of youth in a way that might make Sam Presti proud.

Let’s take a look at the deal in question.

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Details of the trade

The Oklahoma City Thunder trade pick No. 36 to the Boston Celtics for guard Carsen Edwards, pick No. 45 and $1.8 million in cash considerations. The deal effectively sees the Celtics trade up in the second round in exchange for a young player not seeing much floor time in Boston, their second-rounder and cash. https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1418246587449585664?s=20

Why the Thunder do it:

Oklahoma City is trying to find value while not necessarily being in a hurry to get better, and getting a trial of Carsen Edwards for a full season with minutes to actually develop his game is a worthwhile gamble to take when it only costs you moving back in a relatively deep draft. The $1.8 million in cash will cover Edward's salary up to the team option, with Edwards able to be retained on a value deal for one more season if he looks like he can become a useful player. https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1418252713025015809?s=20

Why the Celtics do it:

"Boston has been a fan of (Vrenz) Bleijenbergh for some time now, a point forward who could slot into the Celtics' rotation nicely as a depth piece with upside for more if his shot comes around," wrote the Celtics Wire to explain the logic of the deal. It helps open space to add a player more likely to be a part of Boston's future without cutting Edwards and ending his NBA career at least for the moment, and we believe this a move that helps all parties have a better chance at achieving their respective goals. This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [lawrence-related id=54379,54380,54374] [listicle id=54351]

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