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In mild of their reported new draft place, the Boston Celtics are eyeing two prospects particularly.

The Celtics are believed to be sending the No. 1 decide in subsequent week’s draft to the Philadelphia 76ers in trade for the No. three choice and a future first-rounder. Washington alumnus Markelle Fultz is taken into account the highest prospect, and all indicators level to the Sixers taking him first general.

With the deal anticipated to be finalized Monday, Boston’s narrowed down the listing to a pair gamers it might take third general subsequent Thursday: former UCLA star Lonzo Ball, and Kansas product Josh Jackson.

Nevertheless, Celtics GM Danny Ainge indicated that neither of the school standouts has agreed to work out for his membership.

“As of proper now, we now have not seen (Jackson),” Ainge advised the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach on Saturday. “We’re making an attempt to get to see him and Lonzo Ball, are two guys we’ve not seen that we would wish to see, and up to now they’ve chosen to not are available.”

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Whereas neither has made the trek to Beantown, each Ball and Jackson have labored out for the Los Angeles Lakers, who personal the No. 2 decide, two occasions every.

Ball, and his outspoken father LaVar, have been adamant he solely must work out for the Lakers, although the purpose guard might have had a change of coronary heart since. The 19-yr-previous put up 14.6 factors, 7.6 assists, six rebounds, and 1.eight steals as a freshman with the Bruins.

It is believed Jackson can be the very best selection for the Celtics, whose backcourt is already set with All-Star Isaiah Thomas and defensive stalwart Avery Bradley.

The 6-foot-eight swingman averaged sixteen.three factors, 7.four rebounds, three assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks in his lone season with the Jayhawks. It was reported Boston would contemplate drafting him even when he does not are available for a exercise.

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Fultz met with the C’s earlier this month and was slated to return for an additional go to, nevertheless it was canceled amid the commerce studies.