The 2015 NBA Draft wasn’t nearly as crazy as many experts thought it might be going in—but it could have been, if you believe this report. According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, the Celtics were desperately trying to get into the top 10 picks to select Duke swingman Justise Winslow.
Boston was so desperate for Winslow that they offered the Hornets four (yes, 4) first-round picks for the No. 9 pick in this year’s Draft. Charlotte didn’t bite, though, instead taking Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and letting Winslow slip to the Miami Heat at No. 10.
The Celtics made a strong final push to multiple teams in spots 4-9 on draft day. It culminated with an all-in effort in attempt to get Charlotte to deliver the No. 9 pick with Boston lusting for Duke forward Justise Winslow (the same player it coveted while trying to shuffle higher).
According to sources, the Celtics’ final offer to the Hornets was a package featuring as many as six draft picks, including four potential first-round selections (a combination of picks from this draft and in the future). But the Hornets could not be swayed and turned down multiple offers to select Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky.