Danny Ainge says Celtics would have taken Jayson Tatum with top pick

Danny Ainge says Celtics would have taken Jayson Tatum with top pick

"Maybe a little bit, but you know, I'm here today, I'm happy, and you know I'm glad to be a Phoenix Suns now", Jackson told an ESPN reporter.

And, well, uh, let's just say this won't be on the Josh Jackson highlight reel when we look back at his career. Perhaps, Jackson didn't want to compete with Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown for minutes at the swing forward position.

Josh Jackson skipped out on a pre-draft workout with Boston at the last second, a move that didn't sit too well with the Celtics. The difference was that Jackson canceled his workout while Boston's plane was in the air. "Yeah, I was mad".

"Flew across the country, are you kidding me?"

The Knicks are still the Knicks and not any sort of threat until they get their you-know-what together, but it's hard for me to hate on the Ntilikina pick.

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A year after almost half the draft - a record 27 of the 60 picks - were worldwide players, French guard Frank Ntilikina and Finnish forward Lauri Markkanen, who played a year at Arizona, are two of the top global players.

Mitchell scored 15.4 points per game for the Cardinals previous year while shooting 35 percent from three point land and averaging 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He competes, he loves to win, he's just a unique player. "And I think that's healthy way to feel opposed to being above the team, the organization, or the league". After Butler had been in trade rumors for seemingly a year, it was very surprising that the Bulls weren't able to get more in return for him. He only played one year at Duke but I averaged 11 points in 36 games as a freshman. Tatum likely will be joined by fellow Celtics picks Semi Ojeleye, Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird.

With the Pelicans shipping their 2017 first-round pick and last year's No. 6 overall pick to the Kings in a trade for Cousins, New Orleans desperately needs backcourt threats. The Sixers are expected to take Washington's Markelle Fultz with the first pick.

The draft really started at the No. 3 pick, held by the Boston Celtics. "He just said guys that are my size and are versatile offensively and defensively, it's hard not to play those guys".

Ainge stressed the importance of young players simply understanding such situations. Thomas was shut down after two games of the Eastern Conference finals after aggravating a hip injury he first suffered in March. "I got to spend time with [general manager] Danny Ainge, coach [Brad] Stevens and the other staff and hang out".

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