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The Boston Celtics on Thursday were exposed as a team not prepared to go deep in the 2016 NBA Playoffs. With their season completed, NBA rumors of the Celtics trying to include a superstar, particularly DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings, will monopolize the headlines of Boston's offseason.
If Sacramento chooses to go into another direction and continue their rebuilding process without Cousins, then the depth of the Celtics, who can give starters and high draft picks, is something they might think about this 2016 offseason.
The Celtics have the resources to make a major deal this summer and with an unsatisfactory first round exit, Boston general manager Danny Ainge is likely to pay heed to possible deals.
The Celtics are deep in the guard position with Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley so they can afford to lose one of those players in trying to get Cousins. The Kings won't accept a one-for-one deal because of Cousins' contract so Boston has to include more, players like Jae Crowder, Evan Turner or big men Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller.
The Kings also seek a superstar back in return for Cousins and the Celtics can give them that by forsaking this year's lottery selection, which is estimated to be as high as No. 3 or even higher if they get lucky. The top picks in the 2016 NBA Draft set in June include Ben Simmons,, Dragan Bender, Brandon Ingram Buddy Hield and Jamal Murray, all of whom have the talent to be an NBA franchise player.