Here is Part One of my 

2017 Boston Celtics 5.0

1st Round Mock Draft.

SV=Standing Vert, MV=Max Vert + SR-Standing Reach = MVR Max Vert Reach.

OK, I had my fun. I found a way for Ball to get to the Celts. But it it Done: Fultz-Ball-Jackson, 1-2-3. It's not exciting. It's just the way it will be. 

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The only reason to explain the timing is that Trader Danny wants to make another trade. "There’s always the possibility," Ainge said. "The phone has been ringing since news of this deal came out. But we’re happy with this pick." They have enough time now to work out a deal on or off the clock now.

Do they want Jimmy Butler, or the two Kings picks? "Even before the lottery, we have been evaluating these kids for the last few years, and we felt that they were all close," Ainge said. "The player we would take at Number Three was close to the player at Number One. We’ll still be able to get the player we want in the draft." After rumors of the Celts affinity for Jackson?

It certainly appears he is their man. "We think there’s a really good chance the player we take at 3 is the player we would have taken at 1," Ainge said. "When the right deals come around, we will move on them. And if they’re not good deals then we will be more patient." I have been saying for months that Jackson reminds me of Jimmy Butler.
Who Trader Danny has been trying to acquire for a while. "They can be valuable in trades," Captain Underpants said about the Nets picks. "And they can be valuable by using the picks to draft good young players. So we’ll continue on that path until a brighter, quicker future that we like approaches." Now he has pick Three in this draft, which will have Ball or Jackson available, and two other Lottery picks again. 

The question is will captain Underpants strike again. "This is certainly a trade that is under the microscope more than other trades," Captain Underpants said. "But we're not afraid of that." This was a very risky trade for all sorts of reasons. 
I keep hearing Tutam's name with the Celts. "It’s very good value for us, and obviously (Philadelphia) wanted that No. 1 pick," Ainge said. "[Fultz] is someone they really wanted, who fits in with what they’re trying to do." Which worries me. I am not a Tatum guy.
Plus, players from Duke tend to not translate to the NBA as well as expected. "Obviously there are bigger risks when you make a trade like this under a microscope," Captain Underpants said. "But we’re not afraid of that. If there was a 50-50 split in our group over who we liked, there would be more concern. But we are very excited about this deal. We get the player we want. [Philly] got the player they want." But, Tatum has shown more off court character than Jackson, and Celtics toadies having been putting him up higher than anyone else.

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Yeah, no. No-No-No-No-No-No-No. Uh Danny? No. Don't tell  me that Fultz isn't a generational player. He did things at 18 that hadn't been done in a generation. He led Division One college basketball in scoring average at 18. That has been done in a generation. He had the highest scoring average in the PAC-12 since 1997. That has been done in a generation.

For crying out loud, I take one day off for Father's Day. I play a little basketball, watch my son's Little League Playoff Game, and then we all go out for dinner, and go basketball sneaker shopping on a perfect day. And then all Hell breaks loss. I wake up this morning to Danny trading the best player in the Draft Markelle Fultz. NO-NO-NO.

I will say this abut Fultz. He reminds me of Rose. One thing about Fultz is that he hurt his knee last season, and that was Rose's one and maybe only problem in the NBA. Can Fultz stay healthy in the NBA. That was my only worry with Fultz, and that cannot be predicted or really considered. 

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Markelle Fultz

1. Sixers- Markelle Fultz- Washington, 19 years old, 6-4, 185, 6-9 WS, 8-6 SR.

41.3% 3-P! 23.2 PPG, 6.7 APG, 5.7 APG, 50.2% 2-P, 1.6 Steals, 1.2 Blocks.

The Team: You have to give Philly credit. They found the talent they wanted, and they went and got him. "I think that should we move or should a transaction come up that gives us the chance to perhaps increase what impact No. 3 could have in terms of its return, I think we will look at it," Colangelo said. "There’s some discussions that have been fairly interesting. And its not that were motivated to move it. It’s just that time of year where you find out what you have and you explore all options." He made a bold move up.
Fultz is the player who is clearly ahead of all the rest in this Draft. "I think if you look at him, you look at the tools that he brings," the VP of PP Marc Eversley said. "He's very versatile, he's got a great handle, he's got terrific vision. He's a great passer. I think he can shoot with range. And I think he's a very good defender." He is an underrated defender.
They didn't really want another Wing. "We have a choice of multiple wings that would address things with our team that we have said that we would like to address," Colangelo said. "There are some guards that you have to look at that would dramatically improve our guard play." And he got the best guard in the Draft.
Fultz is a franchise changing player. "I think that should we move or if there's a transaction that comes out that gives us a chance to perhaps increase what impact No. 3 can have in terms of its return, I think we will look at it," Colangelo said about the trade he is now consummating with the Celtics. "There's some discussions that have been fairly interesting." It was interesting enough to pull the trigger.
They have have two of the best passers who can also score (and Fultz is a great shooter), from the last two Drafts. "I think good basketball players and good decision makers and guys that get out and run and can finish in transition and shooting obviously would all be things that complement Ben Simmons," Colangelo said. "Defensively we probably want to put guys around him that can guard the point guard in certain cases. In some cases Ben will be able to guard the point guard and in some cases you’ll want him guarding off the ball." You win with stars in the NBA.

The Sixers got the steal of the Draft. "They have a young team, and I think the upside of it would be crazy," Fultz said about Philly. "I'm close to home. So a lot of my family can come out and just show love. And this city has great fans." Trading up to #1, with either an extra 1st in 2018 or an extra 1st in 2019 for Markelle Fultz. 

Futz is the prize in this years Draft, like Simmons was last year. "I really don't pay a lot of attention to it," Fultz said about the rumors of him being traded to Philly. "I'm blessed. I pray every night before I go to sleep. I let God take care of that. I wake up every morning and get ready to go to the gym. I don't really pay attention to everything that's going on." He has top character.

He actually wants to play for the Sixers. "Oh, man, I can see it happening," Fultz said about coming to Philly before the trade. "I come to Philly a lot, and just showing the love for the city. I'm out here. I just want to show love. That's all it was. I got to get a cheesesteak. I'm big on that." He's a local kid.
Simmons, Embiid (if healthy), and Saric will give them a hell of a top four. "Embiid and me have been talking before," Fultz said. "He’s a cool guy, pretty funny. So when I saw that it was like, cool. I’m happy the players want me to come here." You win with stars in the NBA, and Philly now has three or four stars to give the Celtics some trouble for a long while.

The Sixers want to move Simmons to PG. "We need Ben at point guard," HC Brett Brown. "Let Joel be Joel and we need shooters around them." If they want Simmons to play the point than they have to succeed with the musical chairs that will follow defensively. Simmons can cover Power Forwards and Small Forward. But I just don't see him covering other positions.

So they have a need for defensive players first and foremost to make that plan work. "I do concede the thing that we missed with him not playing after the all-star break is I have this vision that I want to pursue with him as a point guard," Brown said. "Nobody can promise that I'm right. I don't know, either. But I think from what I have studied from his childhood, high school and at LSU, I feel confident that we should try this and look at it. We would know a lot more if he had played." They need a Wing who can cover SGs and Small Forwards, and maybe PGs and PFs as well.
That is starting to sound more and more like Malik Monk. "It is of that species, that is for sure," Brown said. "It's somebody that can guard the other point guard. It's somebody that can make a Three, and can bring the ball up the floor from time to time. It's a combo guy." They need a pure SG (Monk), who can cover PGs defensively.

And with the Third pick in the Draft they also need him to be a star, or an offensive force. "To Bryan Colangelo's credit, he does fit the qualities we're going to need in that position next to Ben Simmons," Brown said. "If you go Ben Simmons at a 1, that type of player at a 2, Covington at a 3, Saric at a 4 and Embiid at a 5? Can that team play defense? You bet. Can they score? You bet. Can they run? Yes they can." Only Monk is not a PG in any way shape or form. He is a pure shooter who can play a little defense, and little else.

One thing we know for sure is that Johnson can play the wing defender role. It is much easier to find a Shooting Guard in a Point Guard body in the NBA. Then Covington can cover Twos, and Simmons and Johnson can cover the Threes and Fours. Or, Saric can cover the Threes or Fours and Jackson can cover the Twos. But if they honestly want Simmons to play the Point, and I wholeheartedly agree that he can, than they have to think about an ultra-versatile defender first, and that is Jackson.
The Player: Markelle Fultz: Baby Faced Assassin

The Reason: The Sixers agreed with the consensus (last week;) that Fultz is the top talent in this Draft by a step or two. "You have to give Philly credit," Ainge said. "They found the talent they wanted, and they went and got him." In the NBA if you think a player is a Franchise Changer than you have to do every thing you can to get him.

And let's be honest, the price wasn't that steep at all! "I think that should we move or should a transaction come up that gives us the chance to perhaps increase what impact No. 3 could have in terms of its return, I think we will look at it," Colangelo said. "There’s some discussions that have been fairly interesting. And its not that were motivated to move it. It’s just that time of year where you find out what you have and you explore all options." He made the bold move up.
Fultz is the player who Philly feels is clearly ahead of all the rest in this Draft (though Jackson has been the late riser everyone is talking about;). "I think if you look at him, you look at the tools that he brings," the VP of PP Marc Eversley said. "He's very versatile. He's got a great handle. He's got terrific vision. He's a great passer. I think he can shoot with range. And I think he's a very good defender." He is an underrated defender.
They didn't really want another Wing. "We have a choice of multiple wings that would address things with our team that we have said that we would like to address," Colangelo said. "There are some guards that you have to look at that would dramatically improve our guard play." And he got the best guard in the Draft (Beside Ball, maybe;).
Fultz is a franchise changing player. "I think that should we move or if there's a transaction that comes out that gives us a chance to perhaps increase what impact No. 3 can have in terms of its return, I think we will look at it," Colangelo said about the trade he has now consummated with the Celtics. "There's some discussions that have been fairly interesting." It was interesting enough to pull the trigger.
They have have two of the best passers who can also score (and Fultz is a great shooter), from the last two Drafts. "I think good basketball players and good decision makers and guys that get out and run and can finish in transition and shooting obviously would all be things that complement Ben Simmons," Colangelo said. "Defensively we probably want to put guys around him that can guard the point guard in certain cases. In some cases Ben will be able to guard the point guard and in some cases you’ll want him guarding off the ball." You win with stars in the NBA.

If Simmons, Embiid, Saric, and Fultz are all healthy they could have the best passing young team in the NBA. "I am incredibly excited that we've acquired the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft," 76ers owner Josh Harris said. "This pick provides us a tremendous opportunity to add another foundational player to our promising core." In three or four years, they could bust out do to injury, or be fighting the Celtics for Eastern Conference supremacy.

Second Choice: Trade the pick back to the Celtics.

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Lonzo Ball

2. LA- Lonzo Ball- UCLA, PG, 6-6, 190, WS 6-7, 41.2% 3-P! 73.2% 2-P!

7.6 APG, 14.5 PPG, 6 RPG, 1.8 SPG, .8 BPG,

The Team: In the end Magic just can't pull away from the Point guard who can lead a team like he did. Ball might be the smartest player in the Draft. He is already recruiting LaBron to the Lakers. "Hey man, LeBron, I like to win and I know you like to win," Ball said. "I think our games could help each other out a lot. Anytime you want the ball, just let me know and it's going to be there." The Lakers have already made a deal to send Russell to the Nets.

So the deal is done, and Ball is Magic's man. "You know, the Lakers have a plan," Ball said. "So whatever that is, we will see whatever that is in the future." And the plan was revealed when they sent D'Angelo to the Nets. Ball is already a Laker.
Sorry Celts fans. The Celtics aren't getting the best player in this Draft, Ball. "Just be your own persona and don’t change for anyone," Ball told reporters what Magic said to him. "And whenever you can learn from a veteran, definitely try to. It will mean a lot to play for my hometown [team] and learn from the best point guard ever." Sounds like a done deal to me.

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Ball is the type of guy who can pull a team together with his magic on the court (pun intended;). "They have a lot of good players," Ball said. "I just think they need a leader at point guard. I feel I can bring that to the team." The Lakers are overloaded with PGs. Though I don't think that Russell is a PG. But Clarkston certainly is.

They started winning at the end of the season with Brandon Ingram at the Point. "I think a lot of it is just natural," Ball said about leadership. "I think you're either born a leader or you're not." Russell is not! But Brandon might be. It is not a shock that he took on some of that role. He played some point at Duke as well. 
But Ball is a guy who can dominate a game without taking a shot. "My dad loved [Magic], loved the way the Lakers played, so I kind of patterned my game after that," Ball said. "Magic Johnson is one of the greatest players to ever play. I love the way coach Walton coaches. Rob's a great dude too. Just meeting all of them is a blessing." It is hard for me to imagine Magic passing on a generational passer, who sees the floor the way he does (or did;).
He is clearly the second best prospect in this Draft, and a better passer than Fultz. "It was a blessing," Ball said. "He's the best point guard to ever play. Me, being a point guard, I looked up to him my whole life. And to finally get a chance to meet him is a blessing." Amazingly this is the third year in a row that they have earned the 2nd pick in the Draft. 
Of course the annoying thing to me is that we have to talk about his Dad when discussing Lonzo. Lakers head coach Luke Walton said, "[I have] a very outspoken father myself." But doesn't see it as as a problem for him or Lonzo. "We’re in the NBA, to me, that’s not an issue. Parents are always gonna have their opinions. They’re gonna be outspoken at times. As you know, I have a very outspoken father myself. It doesn’t bother me. If we were to draft him, we’re gonna coach him. He’s gonna be part of our team. He’s gonna be part of our family. And we’ll go from there. This is the NBA. We’ll keep the team where it needs to be. We’ll not let outside things like that influence us on whether or not we pick the kid." But I think the story over his dad being a nut job goes further than the truth.
Lonzo does seem to have a good head on his shoulder. "They said they want me to come in, if I get picked, come in and be a leader and play with a lot of pace," Ball said. "So the stuff they were saying was very positive, and it kind of fits my game. They need a leader. They need a point guard. I feel like I can play that role." I have no doubt that eventually he will.

The Player:
 Lonzo Ball: Positively Kidd Like. 

The Reason: D'Angelo out. Ball In. "The thing a lot of people are doing too much is they’re lumping Lonzo in with his dad," ex-UCLA teammate Jerrold Smith said. "They’re two completely different people. He loves his dad, he’s not going to say anything about his dad. But Lonzo’s the one playing basketball." So while the LaVar story is great, it is irrelevant now that Lonzo is a Laker (except those media guys who want to keep exploiting his crazy).

What matters now it that he is a Laker. "The reputation that Lonzo has is he’s a good teammate," Ryan Blake said. "Even though his dad is getting all the attention." He plays the game like Magic.

He is a pass first point guard, who make his teammates better. "He was great," Smith said "He made everybody around him better, because he led the team so well. He shared the ball so well. He has a great personality and is really fun to be around." He makes teams better than the sum of their parts. 
Ball knows why Magic is taking him. "It’s definitely turned into a more fast-paced game the last few years," Ball said. "Everybody’s getting pushed into a different position. Center’s a power forward, power forward’s a center. I think it complements my game very well. Definitely fast tempo. Been playing like that my whole life." The deal is done.

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There is trouble in paradise. It seems the Lakers are not sure who they want. And you can't blame them. But if they think that DeAngelo Russell is a Point Guard, and we know Magic wants Brandon Ingram to play some point guard? Do they draft another PG and put Clarkston even further down the bench? So it is not surprising that they are stepping away from Ball. And every time a look up Jackson rises up further and further, and may be past Ball already.

Jackson is the elite athlete in this Draft. "The way the game is changing so much today," Jackson said. "Versatility is pretty important. I think I bring a lot to the table. Especially being able to switch on pretty much any position except the Five." If they are having a log jam at the One, Jackson can unclog the jam in a lot of positions.

He is an ultra versatile Wing, who can cover PFs when they want to go small ball. "The point guards in this draft are really, really, really good and are special," Jackson said. "But I don’t think you can really look past anybody in this draft. Point guard or forward, it doesn’t matter. I think this is a really good draft class." He can rebound like a PF and start the fast break like a PG.
The Lakers need some toughness and grit, Jackson has all the grit you need. "But according to several NBA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter because no decision has been made yet," LA Times reported, "the Lakers are split over whether to use their No. 2 pick in the NBA draft on Ball or Jackson." I'll take a 50/50 shot at the Celtics getting Ball at Three.
Jackson came in for a visit, and a lot of the execs are on his side. "It was definitely just more of come in and try to impress them and hopefully I impressed them enough," Jackson said. "But they can’t look past any guy in this draft because we’re all really, really talented and I think we all bring a lot to the table." I think this can only help the Celtics.
Both Ingram and Jackson are wings with elite passing abilities. "I don’t think playing with Brandon would cause any problems," Jackson said. "I think it would be really special, honestly."
The Lakers, the officials said, have been having a healthy debate on which course to take because they are intrigued by the talents of both players." Pairing up those to young guys opens up a visible path to the Finals when they mature.
Ball showed up to his work out with the Lakers out of shape, and not ready to work. "Also was told that Josh Jackson's workout in LA 'did not go well at all.' Brought high energy but struggled with his shooting and handle." Jackson in an all-out all-the-time guy, who is never out of shape, or out run by anyone.

His primary characteristic is his fierce and relentless competitiveness that drives everything he does. He takes pride in shutting down opponents best player. He improved his Three percentage by ten point in the final 7 weeks of the season. He brings that relentless work ethic and love of the game that young players need to survive the marathon NBA season. He has made Magic turns his eyes away from a point guard who sees the floor like he did.

Second Choice: Josh Jackson SF

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Josh Jackson

3. Celtics/Kings- Josh Jackson- Wing, 6-8, 203, Kansas, FR, WS 6-9 3/4, 8-3 SR,

16.3 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 3 APG, 54.9% 2-P, 37.8 3-P, 1.7 Steals, 1.1 Blocks,

The TeamThe third pick is now also set. Josh Jackson will be the third pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The only question is where is he going. "We call him the minister of disinformation," a rival coach said. "He’s putting a lot of stuff out there." Trader Danny seems to consistently have four or five fish on the line. 

If they can't get Jimmy Butler, they might as well stick with Jackson. "So the Celtics originally had the No. 1 pick," Josh Jackson said. "And me and my agent, we talked and we just didn’t feel like they had much interest in drafting me at No. 1. So we felt like it would be sort of a waste of time for the both of us. But after they got the 3rd pick, we tried to schedule something for me to get out there, but it was just scheduling issues and it was just a little too late. I was definitely open to the possibility." We also know that the Kings think he is the Wing to fit between all their Bigs and Smalls.

But he does come with some baggage that he still doesn't seem to understand. "A lot of the character issues that you guys probably been reading, they’ve really been blown out of proportion," Jackson said. "Obviously I did a few things wrong that I shouldn’t have done. But you know, it’s been blown up a lot just because I am who I am. And the people close to the situation. The teams that are considering drafting me that I’ve talked to, they know exactly what’s going on. It was just a minor mistake." Terrorizing a young woman in her car was not a miner mistake. It is a serious character flaw.
But he is the kind of fierce competitor on the floor that all teams need. "I’m a humble guy," Jackson said, proving he isn't. "I'm a competitor, really a high-character guy. They know what I bring to a team. They know I'm competitive, and I’m all about winning." They will draft him because he can help them win. 

But the problem is that we have no idea where he is going. "I think it’d be great to play in Boston," Jackson said. "I see a lot of the players on their team that are about the same things that I’m about. Anybody who knows me knows that I love to win, and I see that in a lot of the guys on their team." The 3rd pick keeps coming back to the Kings.

I think the deal with the Kings is done, and the Celtics want Dennis Smith at 10. "He knows basketball," Smith said about his meeting with Stevens. "He’s younger. So he’s easier to relate to. He’s a great guy, and he seems like he cares about his players. I know he likes me (Ainge). I’m a big fan of them. They’re fans of me. So we’ll see how that plays out." The Celtics brought him in for another workout.
I don't think they would have brought him in this week if they weren't sure they had the 10th Pick. "It went very well," Smith said. "I got to meet Danny Ainge, and that was great. Ironically, the Lakers and Celtics rivalry [was on ESPN] '30 for 30' had just come out (Hey, I watch that). So I had a little background with Danny Ainge going into the meeting. Danny Ainge was crazy back then, so I had some background info on him. In turn, our meeting went well. I knew something about him, he knew something about me." All this talk of Tatum (yuck) and Dennis Smith spells F-i-v-e-a-n-d-T-e-n to me.

Just for God sake don't pass on Jackson for the defenseless blackhole Tatum. "I talked about that with coach Stevens," Tatum said. "And he said, you know, guys at my size and my position that are able to hit open shots and defend 1 through 4, it’s hard not to play those guys. So that’s how he looks at me, if they were to draft me." He cannot defend 1 through 4 in any way shape or form.

That is utterly ridiculous. He struggled to stay in front of college Threes speed and quickness. He didn't have the lateral quicks on defense to cover Threes, never mind Ones or Twos. Utterly ridiculous. "They went great. The first workout, they came and watched me work out," Tatum said. "This past Monday, I actually went to Boston, and they put me through a workout, and it was great. I got to spend time with Danny Ainge and coach Stevens and the other staff and hang out." Now I'm really nervous.

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Jackson has been the late riser in this Draft. He is the kind of player that wins in the NBA now. Wings who can pass and run an offense are worth their weight Lottery Balls. Plus, he has the versatile to cover 2 through 4s in small ball, and rebound over Power Forwards like Draymond Green. He is also the most explosive athlete off the floor in the Draft, and that always translates.

The Celtics where going to take him with the first pick in the Draft. "The feedback we're getting with Josh is there's a lot of talk out there about the Celtics right now maybe shopping their pick or potentially throwing Josh's name out there," Kansas HC Self said. "I think he's got a good chance to go Two for sure [to the Lakers]. If he does fall, I think Philadelphia (/Boston;) has a great chance to pick him up at [Three]. I shouldn't say for sure, he's going to be a top-five pick with I think an outside chance of being No. 1, but a realistic chance of going in the top two." He is also an elite Wing passer.

Players like LaBron, George, and Bryant are Wings who can pass, shot, and change the game with their athleticism. This is what the NBA has become. Jackson falls into that category. And he is more of a LaBron type Wing (not as talented obviously;). A big Wing who can also rebound and cover Bigs down low, and is not just a parameter defender. When you have an ultra-versatile Wing can can score, shoot, pass, rebound, and be an elite defender? You have a guy who is made for the new NBA.
He got a lot better at Kansas, and seemed to have perfected his 3-Point shot in the final 7 weeks of the season (where he shot 48% from Three). "He's the best overall recruit that we ever signed and I've ever been around when you combine athletic ability, talent, IQ, thoughts, maturity," Self said. "I've never been around anybody that had that many things going on like a 25-year-old man should have. He was just way above his years." His one question to me was could he work hard enough to perfect his offensive game.
He clearly answered that question in the final weeks of the season, and he is still getting better. "I think Josh will fit in with any team," Self said. "He's a guy that does the things that allow a team to be great. Everybody needs somebody that not only can score and rebound and produce, but also make the game easier for the other guys on the court." The story of Draft Night could be who wins the battle for the 2nd Pick in the split Lakers Organization, the Ball Camp or the Jackson Camp.

The Player:  Josh Jackson: Explosion.
The Reason
All signs point to this being the Kings pick. They can still trade a top five pick to the Bulls in a deal for Jimmy Butler. Who has been Trader Danny's top desire for two years now. Or stick at Five and take Isaac, who like Jackson, is a guy who can cover four positions defensively. Trader Vlad is in the same situation. Only his hearts desire is a Wing from Kansas not Chicago.

The only person who traded more than Trader Danny in last years Draft was Trader Vlad (and that's saying something;). "Go young, start over," Trader Vlad said. "There really isn’t one model for a development program. But these kids are coming into NBA so young, either with no college or very little college, and fundamentally they are not ready. So we have to develop them. Dave has been great, and his coaches are here. Malachi, Skal, Buddy, Papa all could be on vacation. Papa has lost 20 pounds since the season ended. But you have to have players who want to improve." Trader Vlad went Huge last year, and now they have to get a passing Wing to help pull their Bigs and Smalls together.

Only Trader Vlad can't do it on his own. It hurts my stomach to think that Trader Danny has fallen for Tatum, but too many inside guys keep spitting his name out. So Trader Danny can do what he does best, trade down for extra assets, and get Five and Ten from Trader Vlad. But the difference between using Five to get Butler and exercising Five to get Tatum would be rings. But the Butler deal starts with getting Five and Ten.

Now there are some troubles with the Kings trade. Vlad wants more than the 3rd pick for 5 and 10. Only the Celtics have already traded their actually 1st Round pick this year. So they can trade next years 1st to the Kings, which would have been the perfect sweetener. But they can give up their 1st in 2019 1st, when they could have a top five Kings pick (so that pick is irrelevant to the Cs anyway). 

The rumors of Dennis Smith at Ten have been reverberating through the ether like thunder bouncing between to two mountains (though they might have to take him at Five;). It might all be a smoke screen. But their interest has been consistent. And I did profile him a year ago as one of the players the Celtics could take with the Nets pick. We know for a fact that Trader Danny and Trader Vlad have been talking about this trade for a while. Do you know what happens when to two obsessive Traders get together? Trades. So the trade should already be done, and we won't know until pick Ten is made. 

It also seems that Trader Danny is out of the Butler sweepstakes, at least according to Chicago. Danny said "no" to pick Three straight up for Butler. "The Bulls were rebuffed on an offer to the Celtics for the third pick straight-up," reported by Vincent Goodwill. "But bringing the Cavaliers to the table could increase the quality of offers for Butler, who would be eligible for a deal in the $40 million range annually if he makes another All-NBA team next season." Which is more evidence that the Celtics no longer own Three. 

Will they take pick Five for Butler? "It's either Boston or Cleveland but he's going." I might be a sucker for Captain Underpants' shenanigans, but I truly believe that this pick belongs to the Kings. This helps Danny in so many ways. He can get the PG from NC State that he craves so much (though Rozier looks like he might have finally developed), and he can use Five for Butler, Isaac, or even Porzingas. 

There is a player that can cover 1 through 4 in this Draft, and you can see him pressing Ones on Tape. As Tatum foolishly said, "And he (Brad Stevens) said, you know, guys at my size and my position that are able to hit open shots and defend 1 through 4, it’s hard not to play those guys." Only that player is Jonathan Isaac. That is a player Danny can get at Five.

The question is does Danny want Dennis Smith (or is that more of Captain Underpants' shenanigans;), and does Brad Stevens want a 6-11 Wing who can "hit open shots and defend 1 through 4"? Because the only two players who can do that are Jackson and Isaac. Don't tell me Tatum can defend anywhere near Jackson's or Isaac's level! That is pure Trumpian BS. There is only one way the Celts can get a 6-11 guy who can defender PGs, SG, SFs, and PF, and Dennis Smith. Which is more circumstantial evidence that this deal is done.

Or! Captain Underpants fooled me again! And he just takes Jackson at Three. He does like those edgy scrappy guys who only care about wining. It is not surprising that the two guy he likes are Jackson and Smith, who both got into trouble because they let their competitive natures get out of control off the Court. But both have been clean off the court ever since.

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