A. Sherrod Blakely's NBA Mock Draft 7.0: All over but the picking

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A. Sherrod Blakely's NBA Mock Draft 7.0: All over but the picking

BOSTON --  Workouts for draft prospects are a thing of the past now. All those months spent by NBA executives and bleary-eyed scouts watching one video after another of some wannabe NBA baller have come to this.

The NBA draft will kick off in earnest tonight, a draft many expect will include teams flipping picks the way the Phoenix Suns hire - and fire - coaches (they’re on No. 8 within the past 11 years).

In what most agree is a good, but not great, draft, those teams with multiple first-round picks, such as the Celtics, are doing what they can to unload their first-rounders in hopes of landing more seasoned talent.

Still, that was the case in 2016 when the Celtics last had a trio of first-round picks and were eager to trade at least one of them before winding up with Jaylen Brown at No. 3, along with Guershon Yabusele (No. 16) and Ante Zizic (23) in the first round.

Boston may once again wind up with three first-round picks, all of whom will be selected from a similar pool of talent because of each pick’s proximity (Nos. 14; No. 20 and No. 22) to one another.

Regardless, the Celtics focus remains on figuring out the best way to bolster a roster that’s now in serious transition.

And the first real crack at doing that begins now.

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NBA Mock Draft 6.0: Fallout after Lakers' trade for Anthony Davis

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NBA Mock Draft 6.0: Fallout after Lakers' trade for Anthony Davis

The New Orleans Pelicans already won the NBA Draft Lottery — and the right to select Zion Williamson — about a month ago, but he won't be the only top draft pick headed to the Big Easy next season.

Following the blockbuster trade that sent Anthony Davis to Los Angeles, New Orleans also added the fourth pick in this year's draft, which will give the Pelicans a huge influx of young talent, along with the other players they added in the trade (Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram).

The Davis trade is bound to have a ripple effect on the rest of the draft board. 

For the Celtics, Danny Ainge still owns three first-round selections. Will he try to package picks to move up? Trade picks for future capital? 

Here's yet another stab at trying to make sense out of this upcoming NBA draft. 

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