Celtics 'appear to be leaning' toward Jayson Tatum, not Josh Jackson

He added that he didn't work out with Boston before the swap because it wouldn't have been worth his time, given that it looked all but certain that the Celtics would draft Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick. Kansas forward Josh Jackson appears to be one of Boston's prime targets. "But then when they, you know, did the flip and went to No. 3, by then it was too late".

"They did a little bit of moving around with their pick", Jackson told ESPN. With the rumor mill buzzing that Boston might go after Indiana Pacers' star Paul George or the Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler to bolster their roster, will a deal happen at the NBA Draft? Jayson Tatum is a great player and could definitely be That Guy for any team and definitely for the Celtics and I think they will draft Tatum and make them a team that if they get the right free agent could make a great run in the playoffs and for a try to get championship against a great team. I see that in a lot of the guys on their team.

In a pre-draft interview Wednesday with ESPN, Jackson confirmed he did not work out for Boston. "With Frank, I think he's a pitbull, a great shooter, someone that gives 110 percent all the time". And whichever team drafts him will get someone who is arguably one of the most versatile players in this year's draft. Anybody who knows me knows that I love to win and I see that in a lot of the guys on their team. "I had 14 workouts so far and a few teams called me back for a second workout, so I feel I did pretty good in that area".

When asked to define his position, Jackson initially said he didn't have one.

"I just bring versatility", Jackson said. Then he said that if he had to choose, he'd say he was a small forward.

"Jayson's a talented player", Kennard said.

The team is still debating, but is reportedly leaning toward selecting Duke forward Jayson Tatum, who is a almost identical athletic talent, with a longer wingspan and better touch from different areas on the floor. In today's National Basketball Association, players like him often play the 4 in smallball lineups, and part of the appeal of pairing him with Brown (and Jae Crowder) would be the ability to use them interchangeably.

Graham said he and his KU teammates plan on watching the draft at KU coach Bill Self's house. The projected top-five pick is placing the blame on the team.

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