Houston Rockets: NBA Draft trades for picks 23 and 24 - #1: Boston Celtics
The Celtics might have the worst draft pick to offer but they have an all-you-can-eat buffet of players on rookie deals. Robert Williams is almost certainly untouchable. He’s an analytics darling due to his impactful defense and efficient shooting. On his own, he would likely be worth more than the 23rd pick. However, after Williams, the Celtics have plenty to offer, although it’s more quantity over quality.
Romeo Langford, Aaron Nesmith, Grant Williams, and Carsen Edwards haven’t shown much of anything in the NBA but young players on rookie deals are always enticing to rebuilding teams. Payton Pritchard surprised everyone last year when he more than held his own when thrust into a significant role as a rookie.
Figuring out a deal between the two sides might be difficult. The players that the Celtics want to keep would be the ones that the Rockets want back. At the end of the day, landing Pritchard, the 45th pick, and one of Langford, Nesmith, Williams, and Edwards (which would make an excellent law firm) would be an excellent return for the 23rd or 24th pick.