When all was said and done, the Celtics kept the third overall pick and selected Duke small forward Jayson Tatum. Tatum, who stands at 6-foot-8 and 204 pounds, averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his lone college season. “We would’ve picked him with the first pick,” Danny Ainge said after the draft. “The draft was very even, we felt, at the top all the way through five or six. It was very difficult. There were a lot of players we liked in this year’s draft. “We like his size, length, rebounding, shooting, intelligence, character. There’s a lot to like about Jayson. He’s going to be a terrific player.” Whether Tatum actually stays in Boston may not yet be certain, as Yahoo! Sports’
So long, D’Angelo. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Okay, fine. Magic Johnson didn’t say that to point guard D’Angelo Russell (we think) when the former No. 2 overall draft pick was dealt to the Brooklyn Nets earlier this week, ostensibly to make room for Lonzo Ball. Yet if we’re using Magic’s comments at a Friday news conference as a guide, the legendary Laker, who now has the run of things with that organization, may as well have. Man, tell us how you really feel, Magic. So, yeah, this Ohio State product is an excellent player. Lots of talent. Perennial all-star. But oh by the way, he’s not a leader. His teammates didn’t want to play with him. He doesn’t make anyone else better. Yikes.
Pivotal offseasons sneak up on exciting young teams -- especially with the salary cap expected to flatten after an unprecedented two-year bubble that warped the league. The young pup Wolves were about to become expensive. Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins become eligible for extensions on July 1, and Wiggins will demand -- and almost surely receive -- a max deal. Karl-Anthony Towns, one of the great young players in recent NBA history, comes calling for his payday in a year. This was Minnesota's last summer to really play around with its core, on its terms. The Wolves aimed big, flipping LaVine, Kris Dunn?and the No. 7 pick to the aimless Bulls for Jimmy Butler -- a top-10 player in the league last