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Report: Celtics to work out Marcus​ Georges-Hunt​

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Report: Celtics to work out Marcus​ Georges-Hunt​

With Jabari Bird's situation in limbo after his arrest on domestic-assault charges, the Celtics reportedly will bring in swingman Marcus​ Georges-Hunt for a workout today.

The news was first reported by Jay King of The Athletic. (Subscripton required)

Georges-Hunt came to training camp with the Celtics in 2016 and wound up on the roster of the Maine Red Claws after being cut. The 6-foot-5 product of Georgia Tech has played 47 games in the NBA -- five with Orlando in 2016-17, and 42 with Minnesota last season.

From A. Sherrod Blakely's 2016 profile of Georges-Hunt:

Georges-Hunt is a 6-foot-5 college combo guard who has shown an ability to play -- and play well -- whatever position where he's needed in order for his team to be successful. But there’s little hope that the undrafted Georges-Hunt will see a similar career trajectory as a profession . . . The one thing Georges-Hunt showed in college was a steady level of improvement in most categories . . . The greatest benefit for him (in 2016) is that being around the Celtics coaching staff and learning their system will benefit him greatly if he’s waived and then decides to sign with the Maine Red Claws. 

 

NBA Draft rankings 2019: Big Board of top 30 players available in exciting class

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NBA Draft rankings 2019: Big Board of top 30 players available in exciting class

The 2019 NBA Draft finally is here.

Brooklyn will play host Thursday night to one of the marquee events on the basketball calendar, and there’s a ton of hype entering this particular draft.

Much of the excitement involves top prospect Zion Williamson of Duke. The ultra-athletic forward has been rated by experts as one of the best draft-eligible players since LeBron James in 2003, and he’s expected to make an immediate impact for the New Orleans Pelicans next season as they begin the post-Anthony Davis era. Two of his Blue Devils teammates, guard R.J. Barrett and forward Cam Reddish, also are expected to be top 10 picks during what should be a great night for Duke.

There’s also a lot of uncertainty in this draft, which creates a lot of excitement itself. After the third or fourth overall selection, the draft could do in many different directions.

We could see several trades as well. The Pelicans reportedly have received “significant interest” in the No. 4 pick after they acquired it from the Los Angeles Lakers in the Davis trade. The Atlanta Hawks also are looking to move up, per reports, and the Boston Celtics could package a combination of their three first-rounders (No. 14, 20 and 22) to potentially move up.

Which players would they move up to draft? Here’s our 2019 NBA Draft Big Board ranking the top available players in this year’s class. 

1. Zion Williamson, Duke, PF
2. Ja Morant, Murray St., PG
3. RJ Barrett, Duke, SG
4. Darius Garland, Vanderbilt, PG
5. Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech, SG
6. Coby White, North Carolina, SG
7. De’Andre Hunter, Virginia, PF
8. Nassir Little, North Carolina, SF
9. Cam Reddish, Duke, SF
10. Jaxson  Hayes, Texas, Center
11. Sekou Doumbouya, Guinea, PF
12. Romeo Langford, Indiana, SF
13. Tyler Herro, Kentucky, SG
14. PJ Washington, Kentucky, PF
15. Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga, PF
16. Bol Bol, Oregon, C
17. Kevin Porter, USC, SG
18. Keldon Johnson, Kentucky, SF
19. Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, PF
20. KZ Okpala, Stanford, SF
21. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech, SG
22. Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga, PF
23. Goga Bitadze, Georgia, C
24. Mfiondu Kabengele, Florida State, C
25. Luguentz Dort, Arizona State, SG
26. Darius Bazley, USA, SF
27. Ty Jerome, Virginia, SG
28. Eric Paschall, Villanova, PF
29. Nic Claxton, Georgia, C
30. Grant Williams, Tennessee, PF

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2019 NBA Draft order: Updated list of picks for first and second round

2019 NBA Draft order: Updated list of picks for first and second round

The 2019 NBA Draft has arrived, and the order of selection remains a fluid situation.

We’ve already seen several picks change hands over the last week, and we could see even more trades shake up the order both before and during Thursday night’s first round. 

One pick rumored to be in play is the No. 4 selection, which the New Orleans Pelicans acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the reported Anthony Davis trade last weekend. The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks among the teams that have reportedly shown interest in trading up to No. 4

The Detroit Pistons acquired another first-rounder Wednesday night. They reportedly received the No. 30 pick and Tony Snell from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Jon Leuer. This was a salary dump for the Bucks, who wanted to get rid of Snell's contract.

The Pelicans and Hawks are the only teams with multiple lottery picks, and the Celtics own the most first-round selections overall with three.

Here’s the updated 2019 NBA Draft order for the first and second rounds. This list will be updated throughout Thursday as trades happen.

ROUND 1
1. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Memphis Grizzlies
3. New York Knicks
4. New Orleans Pelicans (via LAL)  
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
6. Phoenix Suns
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Atlanta Hawks
9. Washington Wizards
10. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas)
11. Minnesota Timberwolves
12. Charlotte Hornets         
13. Miami Heat
14. Boston Celtics (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)
15. Detroit Pistons
16. Orlando Magic          
17. Brooklyn Nets          
18. Indiana Pacers            
19. San Antonio Spurs     
20. Boston Celtics (from LA Clippers via Memphis)
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
22. Boston Celtics
23. Memphis Grizzlies (via Utah)
24. Philadelphia 76ers
25. Portland Trail Blazers
26. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Houston)
27. Brooklyn Nets (via Denver)
28. Golden State Warriors
29. San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto)
30. Detroit Pistons (via Milwaukee)

ROUND 2
31. Brooklyn Nets (from New York via Philadelphia)
32. Phoenix Suns 
33. Philadelphia 76ers (from Cleveland via Orlando and New York)
34. Philadelphia 76ers (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers)
35. Atlanta Hawks
36. Charlotte Hornets (from Washington via Orlando, Denver and Atlanta)
37. Dallas Mavericks
38. Chicago Bulls (via Memphis)
39. New Orleans Pelicans
40. Sacramento Kings (from Minnesota via Portland and Cleveland)
41. Atlanta Hawks (from Los Angeles Lakers via Cleveland and Indiana)
42. Philadelphia 76ers (from Sacramento via Brooklyn and Milwaukee)
43. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami via Charlotte)
44. Miami Heat (from Atlanta via Charlotte)
45. Detroit Pistons
46. Orlando Magic (from Brooklyn via Memphis and Charlotte)
47. Sacramento Kings (from Orlando via New York)
48. LA Clippers Clippers
49. San Antonio Spurs
50. Indiana Pacers
51. Boston Celtics
52. Charlotte Hornets (via Oklahoma City)
53. Utah Jazz
54. Philadelphia 76ers
55. New York Knicks (from Houston)
56. LA Clippers (from Portland via Detroit and Orlando)
57. New Orleans Pelicans (from Denver via Milwaukee)
58. Golden State Warriors
59. Toronto Raptors
60. Sacramento Kings (from Milwaukee)

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