When all was said and done, the Celtics kept the third overall pick and selected Duke small forward Jayson Tatum.
Tatum, who stands at 6-foot-8 and 204 pounds, averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his lone college season.
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“We would’ve picked him with the first pick,” Danny Ainge said after the draft. “The draft was very even, we felt, at the top all the way through five or six. It was very difficult. There were a lot of players we liked in this year’s draft.
“We like his size, length, rebounding, shooting, intelligence, character. There’s a lot to like about Jayson. He’s going to be a terrific player.”
Whether Tatum actually stays in Boston may not yet be certain, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported as the C’s were making the pick that the team was in “serious talks” with the Pacers for Paul George before talks "stalled" later in the night. The veteran small forward can become a free agent after next season and is believed to be targeting the Lakers in free agency.
CSN's A. Sherrod Blakely confirmed that the Celtics were indeed engaged in trade talks with the Pacers for George.
As expected, the 76ers took Washington point guard Markelle Fultz at No. 1 and the Lakers took UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball second. The 76ers received the pick in a deal with Boston that was made official on Monday.