After being drafted with the third overall pick at Thursday night's NBA Draft, Jayson Tatum will bring his NBA-ready offense to the Boston Celtics next season. After the top two picks unfolded as expected - Fultz to the Philadelphia 76ers, then Lonzo Ball to the Los Angeles Lakers - the Celtics grabbed Tatum, the former Duke star, from their new draft position. "I think that, in this kind of position-less league, those guys are really valuable". The feeling is everything I wished for and more I'm trying not to cry right now.
Jimmy Butler: Also on Tuesday, word started leaking out that the Chicago Bulls are shopping Butler, who looked almost unstoppable against the Celtics in this year's first round playoff matchup. I am here just as a friendly reminder for them to not get blinded by the name of the player, and not think through how they would fit with the current roster. But the best part of his game is arguably on the defensive end, as he also averaged 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, leading his team in both categories. "Pay for bills and utilities and take that burden off their shoulders".
Tatum worked out for Ainge and the Celtics' front office out West earlier this month, and did a second workout for Boston on Monday in Waltham, Mass.in front of Stevens and his assistant coaches.
The first player taken who had spent a sophomore year in college was 12th pick Luke Kennard of Duke, taken by Detroit.
As of late Thursday night, talks between Boston and IN for a trade sending superstar Paul George to the Celtics-and potentially Tatum to the Pacers-had cooled.
But freshman Jayson Tatum will enter an entirely different situation than his predecessors Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor and Brandon Ingram did-at least for the moment.
Dwight Howard on the move again: Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the one-time Superman of the National Basketball Association will be playing for his third team in three seasons, as his hometown Atlanta Hawks traded him and the 31st overall selection to the Charlotte Hornets for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belenelli, and the 41st overall pick.
CONCERNS: His offensive game still needs work and he struggled at the line (56 percent) and behind the arc (31 percent). "Now is he gonna be the type of guy that is the franchise player and carries a team to a championship?"
He has all predispositions to become a great player. The NBA has seen several trades already for teams making their way up the draft, and it is very likely that we will see more trades before and on draft day.
"They went great", Tatum said of the Celtics' workouts.
Tatum, the son of CBC coach Justin Tatum, said he feels fortunate to be joining a contender immediately. "At 6'10" with a 7'1" wingspan, Isaac has elite size and has guard skills that could make him a dynamic player for any team. "Whichever team selects him will be getting a humble, thoughtful and talented young man whom we are proud to call a member of the Duke Basketball brotherhood".