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"I felt like they made it pretty clear who they were going to draft with the No. 1 pick, so I didn't really feel like it was worth either of our times for me to work out with them". But about 24 hours after they select Markelle Fultz first overall, the team that shares its building with the Sixers could be making a similarly important decision, as the Flyers now hold the second-overall pick in Friday night's NHL Draft thanks to some lottery-night luck.

It's go time. The days leading up to the National Basketball Association draft have been as dramatic and exciting as any point of the National Basketball Association season, including the trade deadline, the regular season and the first three rounds of the playoffs. Ball hosted a second workout for the Lakers on Friday.

Boston will receive the 2018 first-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers - if that selection falls between the No. 2 to No. 5 range.

Jackson never thought that would be him, so he said he didn't work out for the Celtics.

We'll find out just how much 24 hours from now when the Celtics are on the clock with the No. 3 pick.

Jayson Tatum is a polished scorer in the half court that can play small ball power forward.

There are always surprises in the draft, and nobody knows quite what they will be. The French point guard brings an interesting combination of raw skill and physical attributes that can catch just about any team's attention in the draft.

If that's the case, it starts to make a little more sense.

Fultz must be an exciting talent if he's likely to be drafted first on Thursday despite not playing in the NCAA Tournament with the Washington Huskies. While this can surely change before the most recent installment of the annual event kicks off on Thursday evening, it is safe to say that the struggling franchise is now in prime position to turn things around in a hurry.

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Should the Pacers be able to deal George ahead of draft night and recoup a handful of assets, including a lottery pick on this year's draft, they would be headed in the right direction for their post-George existence.

The Los Angeles Lakers have the second pick again and the Celtics moved down two spots to third after the deal with their Atlantic Division rivals.

Tall and long, a great cocktail for any team to drink up whose foundation is built on defense.

Jackson also spoke about the misdemeanor charge of criminal property damage stemming from a December incident in which he allegedly kicked a auto being driven by a Kansas women's basketball player.

While it certainly wouldn't be ideal for Knicks fans to move on from their one shining light from this past season, Jackson usually isn't one to conform to conventional thinking.

He would join a young squad that features Simmons, who missed all of last season with a foot injury; Jahlil Okafor and 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.

A player of Porzingis' caliber, coupled with his age (21 years old), should return more than a respectable trade haul.

We're only one day away from finding out where the top players from the NCAA and global pool will be selected in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft.