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Joseph Goodman: Justise Winslow notes that he has spoken with Dwyane Wade since being drafted by the Heat (via @TheTicketMiam).
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.
According to one source inside the Boston Celtics front office, the team tried to trade up as high as the fourth pick. When the target, Justise Winslow, dropped all the way past No. 8, Boston engaged in more discussions, this time with the Charlotte Hornets about the ninth selection. The Celtics piled up a major offer — big enough to wonder whether they were even overpaying for the right to draft Winslow. Still, the Hornets said no and chose Frank Kaminsky instead, leaving Boston to wonder how its package fell short.
Zach Lowe: This is true. CHA turned down a major haul for No. 9, BOS was going full throttle for Winslow, per sources. twitter.com/CardboardGeral…