The Boston Celtics are now sitting at the No. 3 spot and are going to have a very important choice to make. With Markelle Fultz probably going to the Philadelphia 76ers and Lonzo Ball likely being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers, the Celtics have a few options.
The Associated Press reported Thursday the Celtics are debating between Kansas’ Josh Jackson and Duke’s Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick. ESPN’s Chad Ford added that the Celtics were more leaning toward Tatum over Jackson.
Jackson and Tatum have both spoke to Boston about the No. 3 selection, and Jackson said he did not feel like Boston was going to take him there.
“Me and my agent 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 me to go out and work out if they were really not considering drafting me,” Jackson told AP. “After they got the third pick, we tried to schedule something for me to get out there. But it was just scheduling issues and it was a little delayed for me to get out there.”
Of his meeting with Brad Stevens, Tatum told AP: “He just said guys that are my size and are versatile offensively and defensively, it’s hard not to play those guys. That’s what we talked about.”