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Boston Celtics reportedly tried to flip Marcus Smart for Nerlens Noel, No. 3 overall pick
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 06: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden on February 6, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the 76ers 107-96. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is doing what he can to upgrade the roster, which means no one on the roster is safe — not even last year’s first-round selection Marcus Smart.

According to B.A. Turner from LA Times, Boston attempted to acquire Rookie of the Year contender Nerlens Noel and the No. 3 overall selection for Marcus Smart and this year’s two first-round picks.

“The executives said the Celtics were looking to trade point guard Marcus Smart and the Nos. 16 and 28 picks in the first round to Philadelphia for center/forward Nerlens Noel and the No. 3 pick. But the 76ers, the executives said, weren’t interested.”

It doesn’t hurt to kick the tires on any trade, but no one — not even Ainge — had to expect the Sixers to pull the trigger on this lopsided deal.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's FanBuzz.com. He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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