Celtics select Jayson Tatum with No. 3 pick in draft

Imagine that. Hayward and Paul George??

After trading away their valuable asset, the Celtics did not do a simple swap for swap. There was something about him that Tom Thibodeau, his former coach in Chicago, wanted in Minnesota. He is sizzle, and Ainge chose to go with patience. The latest rumor had the C's hot on the trails of the New York Knicks' sensational 21-year-old big man known as the unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis. For missing an exit meeting?

This from a team that finished 12th just three years ago shows the unbelievable progress Boston have made under Stevens. Star power matters in this league.

Draft night maybe wasn't as fun as some fans were hoping, but that shouldn't matter to the Boston brass.

This year's National Basketball Association draft makes for a particularly interesting guessing game, thanks to a deep pool of one-and-done prospects and to the presence of a team near the top of the draft closer to contending for a title than is typical for lottery participants. Ojeleye has a great chance of making the Celtics roster, depending on who the team can sign during the rest of this offseason. Gonzaga went 37-2 last season, falling to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament championship game.

"One of Jayson's great strengths is the ability to create shots and we think he is just beginning his training", Ainge said. It would come as a bit of a surprise if the Celtics don't select Jackson, whether to keep him or trade him.

"[Stevens] just said guys that are my size and are versatile, offensively and defensively, it's hard not to play those guys", Tatum said earlier this week. "A great work ethic, and his parents have done an fantastic job of raising this young man".

"We have a lot of fun", said Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck.

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But it was far from the first time Ainge has received an outrageous demand for his assets from the Nets deal, including a Chicago demand past year for the 2017 and 2018 Nets picks in addition to two players for Butler.

Nothing materialized because to hear the Celtics tell it, no offer or demand regarding a veteran player was reasonable. "He's going to be a terrific player". "But we've had many conversations with them over the last couple years, we just couldn't get anything done".

"There's nothing to do in Sacramento", Ainge, who played in Sacramento later in his career, said. But it gave us some more guidance and that changes some things. "That's what we talked about".

Ainge flew across the country and had to fly right back after Jackson canceled his scheduled workout with Boston, which clearly didn't sit well with Celtics brass at a busy time. As soon as he stepped on campus, he was going right at everybody.

Dustin Pedroia, who told a great roast story about David Ortiz the night before, brought the big fella to tears in the pre-game.

He did say family is the most important thing.

"I think you guys who know me well know how competitive I am", McDonough said of Jackson's brash last-second decision to skip his workout and if there was anything nefarious on the part of the rebuilding Suns as a means to get their guy.

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".


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