Boston Celtics Make Trade Of No.1 Pick Official, Ainge Excited

It should be noted that the Lakers are looking to add to their two draft picks, not just move up in the draft. So much has happened since - the seemingly endless blathering of his father, LaVar Ball, the shaking out of the draft's lottery, the Celtics' trade out of the No. 1 spot - none of which bolstered Ball's prospects of being the top pick. This move has stemmed new Lakers rumors. The speculation is Philadelphia will choose 6-foot-4 guard Markelle Fultz, who worked out for the 76ers at the team's Camden training complex Saturday night.

The Lakers, especially Pelinka, have tried to keep an open mind throughout workouts and interviews to settle on the best player available to them.

Philadelphia will select first for the second straight year.

All signs point to this being a deal that would greatly interest the Pistons. Other pieces were in the deal, but the draft picks were all that really mattered to Boston. The Celtics had Duke's Jayson Tatum in for a workout on Monday and hope to have Kansas' Josh Jackson in on Tuesday. While he may not be the best option on day one, as Fultz and Lonzo Ball are projected ahead of him, he does have the highest ceiling.

There are some conditions on the future first-rounder Boston gets out of this deal.

A life-long Lakers fan, it is Ball's dream to end up playing for Los Angeles. He also scored an incredible 30.3 Player Efficiency Rating, among the best in this draft class. Depending on whether they are successful in their pursuit of Butler or free agent Gordon Hayward, Jackson or Tatum would fit well in a Boston team desperate to knock the Cavs off their Eastern Conference throne.

Long and athletic forward has drawn comparisons to Brandon Ingram, who the Lakers took with the No. 2 pick past year.

It would be foolish to draft Jackson merely to get at the Boston Celtics, I get that. Both superstars could be just what the Celtics need to be a real contender to win an National Basketball Association title. This news in particular comes as a surprise to many National Basketball Association fans as people thought the Celtics had already made a decision to take in Markelle Fultz of the University of Washington. The Celtics, not having a plan b, scramble around the planning room. They also, of course, will be trading their No. 3 overall pick in this year's National Basketball Association draft as well. A number of teams could be in the running for George, but none will have an asset such as the second overall pick to offer. It seems far-fetched and honestly, it is, but Magic Johnson may have a trick up his sleeve.

Griffin's departure comes three days before the draft - the Cavs are now without a pick - and on the eve of free agency.

If you're the Lakers, it's a risk to let George go to Cleveland, and perhaps they get over the hump and beat Golden State, and now you're trying to convince George and James to either split up or leave a championship team together. You're going to have to commit to getting younger, to continue moving backward in terms of record and then hopefully bottoming out and going up from there.

  • Joanne Flowers