Celtics reportedly have spoken to Timberwolves about No. 7 pick

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It made Tatum not the compromise, but the best fit for a team that's still in position to be a big player in free agency this summer. The Celtics simply don't have room on the roster for another high-level defensive player who can't shoot 3-pointers. I sensed it, I felt it, and we get that feedback from players, agents, conversations with your colleagues in the marketplace, the 29 other teams.

Boston Celtics fans William Goodman, left, and his son Eli, of Hollis, N.H., applaud as they watch the Celtics choose Jayson Tatum during the team's NBA basketball draft party at TD Garden, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Boston.

"It's insane, I couldn't ask for anything more, to be able to learn from (Johnson) every day is truly a blessing", Ball said.

One thing Ujiri is not anxious about is adding to a long list of young players who need time to develop.

"I think that, in this kind of position-less league, those guys are really valuable", Stevens said. "I refuse to fail, period", Jackson added.

Jackson joins a Suns team already loaded with youthful talent as the franchise continues the long climb back toward relevance.

The 6-foot-8 wing averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in his one season with the Kansas Jayhawks. Jackson's competitiveness will also be a Boone to for the Suns, and potentially help give them the spark they need to start putting wins together sooner rather than later.

"Right now he's just messing with things", the source said of Jackson. While it's not out of the question for any of these three to develop and become all stars, odds are they will fall into the starter to high level starter category.

Nothing materialized, because to hear the Celtics tell it, no offer or demand regarding a veteran player was reasonable.

"We love his fire, his competitive spirit", McDonough said.

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"You could potentially package them and move up to have a latter first-round pick that potentially is a better fit for the current fit for the current roster".

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"In our opinion, elite two-way wings are the hardest players in the National Basketball Association to find", McDonough said.

Duke had two players in the top 14, and nobody else placed more than one. "I automatically just get excited when I see stuff like that". Dwight Howard was dealt and D'Angelo Russell - who just two years ago was on the same stage the players will walk Thursday as the No. 2 pick - was dealt by the Los Angeles Lakers, presumably to clear the point guard spot for Ball and salary cap space for the future. The 19-year-old was a third-team All-ACC selection.

The NCAA has never really liked it, and earlier this month, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the system as it's now constructed - where players can enter the draft after a year of college - is "not working for anyone".

With all that in mind, Jackson isn't a flawless prospect, even in Phoenix, despite all you've heard.

He agreed to a diversion program that requires him to go to anger management class among other things in order to have the misdemeanor offense dismissed. "I know someone wrote something that was different".

He wouldn't comment on any of the potential trades the Celtics were rumoured to have been offered Thursday, but did say "It was a little blown out of proportion; I'll leave it at that". "I admitted to it from day one".

The Celtics, however, weren't even sure Jackson was serious about dealing Porzingis, who has been on the Knicks personnel chief's bad side since skipping his season-ending exit interview.

Also tonight, Sacramento dealt the 10th pick to Portland, which used it to acquire Gonzaga big man Zach Collins. No other USA university player averaged 14 points with six rebounds and six assists a game as well.

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