The Boston Celtics have a ton of options with the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and those options could become even more intriguing if the Los Angeles Lakers select UCLA star Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick. According to ESPN's Chad Ford, that scenario is looming as a real possibility. Sources in L.A. say that the Lakers have been moving closer and closer to selecting Ball in the past 48 hours. More than ever, he's the heavy favorite to get his wish to play for his hometown team. Ford mocked Josh Jackson to the Celtics, saying that Boston is "high" on the Kansas star, but adding that he Celtics haven't gotten Ball or Jackson in for a workout, which could tip the scales toward Duke forward Jayson Tatum. If the Lakers take Ball, three scenarios (that don't include trading for Paul George, which is a whole different can of worms) will open up for Boston. 1. The Celtics could take Jackson, a versatile defensive forward with explosive athleticism and excellent rebounding ability. His shot is a real question mark, but it's not a lost cause and his ceiling is extremely high. Not getting Jackson for a workout hurts however -- not because the Celtics are uncertain about his game (Boston has a phenomenal scouting department), but because they would probably like to ask some questions about Jackson's off-court incidents.
Lakers 'closer and closer' to drafting Ball
Mass Live | Jun 19