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Celtics interested in No. 2 pick?

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  June 9, 2009 01:24 PM

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Intriguing -- if vague -- report in the Memphis Commercial-Appeal this morning suggesting that the Celtics have inquired about acquiring the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft from the Memphis Grizzlies.

. . . The Griz still are entertaining offers for the No. 2 pick as well as their 27th and 36th selections.

As the rumor mill churns, the Griz have been approached by several teams about acquiring the second overall pick. Boston, Houston, and New York are said to be among the most recent suitors.

Boston and Houston likely would have to offer an established NBA player or two, given that neither team owns a first-round pick. New York has the eighth pick and likely would want to move up for the opportunity to take [Spanish point guard} Ricky Rubio.

The draft is June 25, and there have been conflicting reports as to whether Rubio, an 18-year-old who has drawn comparisons to Pete Maravich, is interested in playing for Memphis, which is projected to take him with the second pick.

Like we said ... vague. But it is worth noting that the Memphis general manager is Chris Wallace, who had an up-and-down tenure during 10 seasons in the Celtics' front office, including a stint as GM, and he's not shy about making trades.

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