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Josh Jackson: Not enough time to work out for Celtics after trade

Josh Jackson: Not enough time to work out for Celtics after trade

There is one that fits them and the way they play. The lead up to tonight has been hectic - trade rumors involving already-established stars have been circulating for days, and we've even seen the top selection in the draft go from Boston to Philadelphia. It most definitely would not be wrong to say that Tatum has what it takes to become a "new age" Pierce. Portland selected Duke power forward Harry Giles with the No. 20 pick. 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. The injury dampened the enthusiasm he had going into the season. He set a school record with 105 3-pointers. He averaged 10.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists during his only season at Duke. Giles was once one of the top prospects in his class before being hobbled by knee injuries.

Tatum emerged as a force on the wing for the Blue Devils.

The Celtics previously owned the No. 1 overall pick - widely perceived as the right to draft point guard Markelle Fultz - before they traded it to the 76ers.

"[The Celtics are] getting a phenomenal player and person, and his work ethic is unmatched", Tatum's mother, Brandy Cole, said.

It was the second straight year the Celtics have chosen third overall. Tatum said he feels fortunate to be joining a contender immediately.

"They went great", he said. "But I think you guys who know me well know how competitive I am".




That workout would never take place, though, as Jackson canceled citing "logistics".

If the order in the 2017 draft doesn't change, it will mark the first time in National Basketball Association history that the same three teams pick in the same order in consecutive drafts.

"We've watched Jayson a lot over the last couple of years and we're very excited to have him", Ainge proudly remarked in an opening statement. "I felt like they made it pretty clear who they were going to draft with the No. 1 pick, so I didn't really feel like it was worth either of our times for me to work out with them". Stan Van Gundy is thoroughly impressed with Luke Kennard's offensive ability. "We call him the minister of disinformation", he said.

Tatum, most likely tired and jet-lagged through a non-stop draft night, still smiled his way through the press conference and said all of the right things. "I would have no question putting him in the game offensively now, but defensively, I wouldn't put him in a game right now". Entering Thursday, Ainge had made eight draft night trades in the previous 12 drafts. "I think they got a very good player in Jayson Tatum, but that doesn't mean [Jackson's agent] B.J. So that's how he looks at me, if they were to draft me".

"I'm confident (the Celtics can pull off something)", Ainge said. He'll now get to play with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, two of the best big men in the National Basketball Association.

Beal was taken at No. 3 by the Washington Wizards in 2012. The Lakers don't appear concerned by LaVar Ball, the voluble father with aspirations of building a global sports empire around his three talented sons. Anything short of that, and this draft will go down as a huge missed opportunity. "I'm a tough critic so I think I have a lot of stuff to get better at and improve on".


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