Josh Jackson says he would ‘love’ to play for Celtics

Prior to Kentucky guards Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox, and then Washington guard Markelle Fultz visiting last week, Sixers president Bryan Colangelo said the Sixers had either seen or scheduled visits with almost all of the high-level prospects but that some agents didn’t want that information made public.The Lakers don’t appear concerned by LaVar Ball, the voluble father with aspirations of building a global sports empire around his three talented sons.Jackson, more physical but with worse shot and attacking resources than Tatum – here our analysis of our predictions of the Draft 2017 -, could be giving up his future as a “celtic” of his own free will.The draft has already had plenty of excitement with the Boston Celtics trading the top overall pick to Philadelphia.Kansas’ Josh Jackson and Duke’s Jayson Tatum are one-and-done small forwards with size and athleticism, and they’re nearly certain to go in the top five overall picks. Boston had hoped to work out Jackson on Tuesday, but the workout never happened. Landing in Phoenix is potentially better than going to the Sixers or Lakers – and I’ll explain why in a sec – but in the interview room afterward, Jackson said he wants to make the three teams that passed on him feel “sorry”.”I think he’s a great player on the next level”, ESPN’s Jay Bilas, a former Duke forward, said Thursday on ESPN’s Mike & Mike.”[Tatum] has Paul Pierce-like moves, he will be the ideal fit for the Celtics”, former Duke point guard Jay Williams said Thursday on SportsCenter.”I talked about that with coach Brad Stevens”, Tatum said. Jawun Evans isn’t the biggest player in the world, but his quickness and offensive talent makes him an intriguing player with National Basketball Association staying power. For whatever reason, Stephen Curry convinced us all that every primary ball-handler must be able to shoot 40-plus percent on off-the-dribble 3-pointers.For tonight’s NBA Draft, you can expect the unexpected. I think that’s what really makes me special. He’s going to put the ball in the hole.As for the popular notion that the Lakers dealing guard D’Angelo Russell to the Nets was a precursor to taking him, Ball replied, “That’s just how it works”. “They canceled a workout on us when we flew out to Sacramento, and they just chose to cancel it as we flew”. “They said they love my dad and left it at that”. The Chicago Bulls traded three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler and the 16th overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall draft pick, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.”We don’t need that attention”, Kentucky guard Malik Monk said. The 20-year-old Jackson was the Big 12 freshman of the year and an all-Big 12 first-team selection.The 14 lottery picks in Thursday night’s National Basketball Association draft have been made, and there were three Wildcats selected. He was named the ACC Player of the Year. The Washington Post called Jackson the “it player” in this year’s draft. The question now is, who will they choose?CONCERNS: While offense isn’t a problem, Markkanen could get a little stronger (230 pounds) and improve his defense after blocking just 19 shots in 37 games despite his size.