Danny Ainge's phone keeps ringing after big Philadelphia trade

Doug Mendoza
June 22, 2017

"Most importantly we're taking the next step, I believe, in formulating a solid young core of players that ultimately will lead to a successful and sustainable product", Colangelo said.

Given that Smith will receive heavy minutes on either team and since he's a better offensive weapon than Ball, he'll outperform the player who has received, honestly, too much hype from his father. If not, then the Celtics could use their 2019 pick instead which they received via the Sacramento Kings. And while Ball was at his best when he was distributing the ball in the open court, he also averaged 14.6 points and 6.0 rebounds and boasts good size (6-6, 190). "I got to spend time with [general manager] Danny Ainge, coach [Brad] Stevens and the other staff and hang out".

If the Lakers make the pick most expect at No. 2 and take UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, Jackson is a clear lottery pick and a reasonable selection at No. 3. Throw in power forward Dario Saric, who really impressed me last season, and you have a great nucleus. Jackson has elite defensive potential, and would be able to guard the best wing players on opposing teams.

The Raptors don't have the luxury of a lottery pick this year (they selected Jakob Poeltl ninth overall in 2016 and Pascal Siakam 27th). Sources say the team is particularly intrigued by Anigbogu, who has a wingspan measured at greater than 7-6, but he might not still be around at that point. And we felt, once again, that there was a big enough gap between three and one that we moved forward.

"Beverley, in response to the prospect that he might be dealt, told Houston's Fox 26 TV this week: "[There's] some speculation I might be going to another team.

As things stand, this first round should feature the most freshmen ever, shattering the mark of 13. There are a lot of teams that want my talent.

"It's a very good spot, obviously".

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Although shops will likely offer varying proposition wagers come Thursday, the numbers this column will work with were available online (BetOnline.ag) Monday afternoon. "Very successful organization, playoffs every year and making runs", Leaf said. "It was very good, the organization is great, the practice facility is fantastic".

"There's always the possibility", he said of a follow-up trade.

CONCERNS: He is considered a longer-range project that some of the American point guards in the draft, in part because of the level of competition he has played against and questions about his offensive game.

That said, he dabbled in soccer, and, of course, hockey, with his pals.

Ball, Anigbogu and Leaf definitely developed a bond while with the Bruins. "He's an extremely hard worker and he's a joy to play with".

Asked how he reacted to the trade, Tatum said, "You know, I was surprised because they had the No. 1 pick but they know more than I do so when they called me for a workout I was like sure". James was the No. 1 pick way back in 2003.

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