The Boston Celtics made the first move of this year's National Basketball Association draft days before it began when they traded the No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia in a move to add to an already rich cache of future selections. "I think that I get to learn that much more, especially from a veteran team that knows what it takes to get there".
Jayson Tatum didn't have to wait long to hear his name called at the NBA Draft.
Tatum may not play a game for the Celtics however, as the Indiana Pacers are in trade talks with Boston to acquire Tatum.
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Boston has three more picks in the draft, Nos.
The Celtics have been high on Tatum throughout the draft process, and had him in for a private workout late last week.
"He was just ranting about how great of a person Brad Stevens is", Tatum said. I was all for it.
When the festivities begin Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center, it's a near certainty the 76ers will take Washington's Markelle Fultz and the Lakers will choose hometown hero and UCLA product Lonzo Ball at No. 2 after pre-draft moves to make way for the former Pac-12 stars' arrivals. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and company did not see it that way, however, noting after the draft that they felt the top of the board was rather even.