Draft is next up during NBA's dizzying days of deals

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 23, 2017

Josh Jackson is the same height as Tatum and has a 6-9.75 wingspan. FILE - In this February 1, 2017, file photo, Washington's Markelle Fultz (20) drives to the basket ahead of Southern California's De'Anthony Melton during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Seattle.

But which ones will wind up being closest to right when it all goes down inside Barclays Center later tonight? Alongside former teammate Josh Jackson - a one-and-done freshman forward expected to go early in the first round - Mason is one of two Jayhawks likely to be drafted Thursday.

The Sixers may have an easier time moving up in the draft, as news that the projected cap for this summer dropped below expectations and will stand at $99 million. All 60 of them. "You can get traded in a blink of an eye". Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry were the KU picks that year and the experience was awesome.

The last Jayhawk to be selected in the NBA Draft lottery, which is comprised of the first 14 picks, was Joel Embiid, who was selected No. 3 overall by Philadelphia in the 2014 draft.

It is now the biggest day of the new class of rookies' lives. Reports have surfaced that the Celtics really like Jackson but Tatum would presumably be the better fit there.

The event begins at 7 p.m. (ET) and live coverage is being shown on ESPN and here. I see a lot of the players on their team that are about the same things that I'm about. Considering that he appears to have the ability to brings the Lakers to another level, it could be a move that Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are willing to risk.

Again, this pick really should not surprise anyone, although if it is not Lonzo, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise either. But the guess here is that Jackson never winds up playing for the Celtics even if they do.

"Danny Ainge was insane back then, so I had some background info on him". Jackson would be a terrific spot for Jackson, who could flourish playing alongside guards Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker, who could be to Jackson in the National Basketball Association what Frank Mason III and Devonte' Graham were to him in college.

The oldest player among Triangle players projected to go in the first round, the 22-year-old Jackson averaged 18.4 points and 4.7 rebounds for the NCAA champion Tar Heels. I think me and him are two different players. "I think our games could help each other out a lot". "He's spoken it into existence, and it does look like it's gonna come true for him, which is kind of incredible". And Mason is well aware of that. "If they do call me, I would be extremely grateful but I have no clue (who they will draft)".

"It just shows you what the National Basketball Association is about". There have been tons of rumors swirling around for weeks, but it's still a mystery as to how the day will play out.

"We have a core of young players that will be significantly stronger once the draft selection is made", Colangelo said. "They know exactly what's happening".

But the knock is that his team didn't win. There's not a team in the league that would not like to add those things to its roster. As soon as he announced his intention to leave Duke after his freshman season, he was already billed as a top 8 pick, but in the last few weeks, he's moved into the top 5 for most prognosticators. "He's a great guy, and he seems like he cares about his players". Ironically, the Lakers and Celtics rivalry, the 30 for 30, had just came out, so I had a little background with Danny Ainge going into the meeting.

Presumably, if the C's retain the choice, they're between three forwards once Fultz and Lonzo Ball (future Laker - congrats, LaVar) are off the board.

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