“I’m going to do whatever it takes to help any team I go to”, Fultz said.
Ainge is reportedly interested in Kansas small forward Josh Jackson and Duke forward Jayson Tatum, believing there isn’t a huge difference in talent and potential from what they could have gotten with Washington standout Markelle Fultz. The only idea that makes sense if the Lakers do draft Lonzo Ball, and ship current point guard, D’Angelo Russell, for some picks.
For now, Boston has seven first-round picks in the next three years.
There’s lots of storylines to pore over between now and Thursday night.
The Lakers first round pick is going to Philadelphia, and their second round pick in the same draft is going to Orlando or Toronto.
The Lakers held internal discussions about trading back two spots to No. 4 if the Suns were to offer them a 2018 first-round pick. And he will be the first overall pick in the NBA Draft, a personal goal he had set for himself years ago.
The Sixers and Celtics are expected to finalize the deal on Monday (June 19). Otherwise, the Celtics will have a choice between the better 2019 first-round pick between Sacramento or Philadelphia.
National Basketball Association insider Adrian Wojnarowski suggested in May that the small forward would be a good match for the Sixers, who will have playmakers, passers and size, but little shooting heading into next season.
“It’s been insane, man, just knowing that the draft is a couple of days away”. If things go the wrong way for Boston in the 2018 and 2019 lotteries, this could become a really bad deal, but most likely, the Celtics will receive a pair of top five picks for their No. 1 this year and it will be considered a fair trade.
Now that the 76ers have the first pick in the draft this next Thursday, they will nearly definitely use it to draft Markelle Fultz, adding the young rookie prospect into a thriving and hopeful lineup that includes players like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
Perhaps this will signal more of a willingness from other teams around the league to make a move for a high draft selection.
Multiple reports, however, suggest a division in Lakers management between their preference for Ball or Jackson.
Fox, like UCLA’s Ball, has refused to work out for the Celtics, both players citing their overloaded point guard situation as the reason. Butler as an addition to the team could bode well for the Celtics, who fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.