BOSTON – This entire NBA draft process will be one filled with first-time experiences for Markelle Fultz.
Among them will be meeting with the Boston Celtics on Monday, the holders of the number one overall pick which will likely be used to select Fultz.
Fultz has said on a number of occasions that he had every intention of meeting with the Celtics at some point during the draft process, so him coming to Boston for a workout isn’t a surprise.
While it is by no means a deal-sealer as to who the Celtics will take with the top overall pick, multiple league sources contacted over the weekend by CSNNE.com still believe the 6-foot-4 guard from the University of Washington remains the top overall player in this 2017 NBA draft.
And Fultz has been consistent in his thoughts when it comes to playing for a Celtics team, led by Isaiah Thomas, that might not have as many minutes available for him to play as some other teams near the top of the draft board.
“The opportunity to be there would be amazing,” Fultz told CSN’s Early Edition recently. “The chemistry (with Isaiah Thomas) would be amazing. I’m versatile enough to play the one (point guard) or two (shooting guard).”
And the consensus number two pick, Lonzo Ball, has “politely” told the Celtics that he has no intension of working out for them despite the Celtics having the top overall selection.
Lavar Ball, Lonzo’s father, has repeatedly said he wants to see his son play for the Los Angeles Lakers – the holders of the number two pick – following Lonzo’s one season at UCLA.
And it looks like he'll get his wish, with the Lakers having the No. 2 pick and Ball considered by most the second-best prospect in this draft.