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Report: Markelle Fultz atop Celtics’ draft board

Washington v USC

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 08: Director of video operations Jake Wisness (L) of the Washington Huskies and Markelle Fultz (R) #20 of the Huskies react on the bench after a Washington 3-pointer against the USC Trojans during a first-round game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at T-Mobile Arena on March 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Markelle Fultz is talking and acting like the Celtics will draft him No. 1.

He’s probably safe.

Chad Ford of ESPN:

Fultz has been the top guy on the Celtics’ board for a while, but he’s not the only player they’re considering. Ball, De’Aaron Fox, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum are also in the mix, according to sources.

With Fultz scheduled to work out in Boston today, he can put a bow on this. The Celtics can and should continue to investigate Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum. But if Fultz is already atop Boston’s board (he’s atop most boards), it’s probably just on him not to blow his status. He’s too polished for that to be a reasonable concern. I doubt those other players can make up the necessary ground as long as Fultz checks out as advertised in his workout/meeting/medical testing.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a report soon that the Celtics intend to draft Fultz if they keep the No. 1 pick. A trade is unlikely, but they’ll probably keep that door open.