Boston Celtics Draft Talk: Josh Jackson Open To Playing In Boston

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"So there was something that he didn't want to play for the Celtics". It reminded him of a similar situation in the draft a year ago.

He looked ahead, way, way ahead to the other end of the Celtics' practice court where there were banners, lots of banners, raised high above all else in the gym.

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"To get back to where they were previous year and get over that hump", he said. Jackson canceled a workout last week while multiple members of Boston's front office were in the middle of a cross-country flight to visit him. He said that they had a workout planned to watch him and talk to him and they flew out to Sacramento, California for that workout. "Went at a high tempo, but when he missed a shot he never showed anything but resolve to make the next one".

In Boston, Tatum will play alongside one the league's more dynamic point guards in Thomas, who averaged 23.3 points and 6.7 assists.

Ainge insisted Tatum was the best fit.

"We would have picked Jayson with the first pick".

"I'm certainly not looking or anticipating [trading them] happening", Ainge told Dale & Holley with Keefe. "There was a lot of players we liked in this draft".

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"I have [in] the order Fultz, [Lonzo] Ball, [De'Aaron] Fox - De'Aaron has certainly created a buzz, not only because of his speed and the way he played this season, but he has a magnetic personality that at worst is going to sell a lot of shoes if he becomes a good player in the National Basketball Association", predicted Fraschilla.

Part of the process when making a draft choice, especially when it's one of the top picks, is character evaluation. If the Celtics can pry Paul George from the Pacers, Tatum can learn from playing behind him and incumbent starter Jae Crowder for the season.

When asked about Minnesota, who is scheduled to pick seventh, "They can go in a couple different directions", noted Fraschilla.

Fultz is the all-but-certain first pick in Thursday night's NBA draft and wore shoes made of - what else? - basketballs to Barclays Center for the festivities. Those logistics, which were originally blamed on the short time between the C's-Sixers trade and the NBA Draft, as it turns out, was actually just Jackson's desire to not land with the Celtics, according to Danny Ainge.

The Celtics began the afternoon waiting for the monumental asking price on Porzingis to drop.

Jayson Tatum's versatile skill set and sky-high potential were major drawing factors as the Boston Celtics narrowed down their top prospects for the NBA Draft.

With Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball sure things at 1 and 2, the biggest drama on draft night was the Celtics' pick at No. 3. "That's a good thing", Coach Stevens said.

The Mavericks believe Yogi Ferrell is better suited as a backup point guard even though he made a splash that earned him a two-year deal after the undrafted rookie joined the Mavericks on a 10-day contract last season.