Free agency will play a role, but before they get to spending their $60-plus million in cap space, Vlade Divac, Scott Perry, Ken Catanella and the rest of the front office will try to fill some of their needs via the draft. While the first batch of draft prospects rolled through Sacramento late last week, Vlade Divac, along with European scout Predrag Drobnjak spent the weekend in Istanbul, Turkey at the European Championships. Sharpshooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic led Fenerbahçe to its first title, further building the hype around one of Europe’s best young stars. Divac acquired the rights to Bogdanovic in a draft day trade last summer when the 6-foot-6 Serbian was tossed in along with picks 13 and 28 for the 9th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft.
With the NBA Draft being almost three weeks away from today (June 22nd), everyone has reached a point where they wanted to start doing Mock Drafts. So I will do my own. *The Celtics don't necessarily need to keep this pick nor do they really need to draft another point guard. This could become a lure for a trade for a star player such as Paul George or Jimmy Butler. However, if the Celtics do decide to keep this pick then Markelle Fultz is the safest pick. It's not really impossible for Fultz to play alongside Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics could use both the offense they provide but with Thomas not really being a great defender and him set to join free agency after next season, Fultz is very well
For a team with a lot of young players like the Los Angeles Lakers, the summer is an extremely important time. Most of the attention goes to the NBA Draft and free agency, but the annual Summer League gives fans the first chance to get a look at the bright young stars of the future. The Lakers traditionally compete in the Las Vegas Summer League every year and that will once again be the case as they will be one of a record 24 teams participating via NBA.com: This year’s competition will include the owners of the top five overall picks in NBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm: the Boston Celtics (No. 1), Los Angeles Lakers (No. 2), Philadelphia 76ers (No. 3), Phoenix Suns (No. 4) and Sacramento