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UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball (2) drives to the basket past Kentucky Wildcats guard De'Aaron Fox (0) in the second half during the semifinals of the South Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at FedExForum.

Keith Williams met Markelle Fultz when he was seven years old, as described in Kent Babb's piece for the Washington Post. As we discussed last week, Fleury makes sense in the right context, and in no way does that context involve giving up the No. 2 overall pick in a draft that's widely considered to have two clear prospects at the top of it.

The change comes with Josh Jackson becoming the No. 3 to the Celtics.

First, the expansion draft just happened over the last few days, and the Golden Knights roster won't be announced until later Wednesday night, as part of the NHL Awards Show. I have always said I don't care what we call him "point guard, ' 'point forward" - we can call him 'point center.' I don't care.

"We have a core of young players that will be significantly stronger once the draft selection is made", Colangelo said. The 1960-61 Cincinnati Royals featured 1960 top pick Oscar Robertson, a Hall of Famer, and 1959 No. 1 overall choice Bob Boozer, who postponed his pro career to play in the 1960 Olympics.

"I've been seeing a lot of insane things. That's what we talked about".

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Things are expected to settle down a bit for at least the first two picks.

The deal the Celtics struck with the 76ers guarantees them an additional first-round pick, so they have some room to decide exactly what they want out of this year's draft. Celtics President Danny Ainge said after making the trade he thought he could get the player he wanted two spots lower. If they do, it'd mark the second time in National Basketball Association history a pair of No. 1 overall selections begin their careers the same year with the team. However, the latest reports seem to indicate they are now leaning toward Ball. Any number over 8 would be a new record for the conference.

It's go time. The days leading up to the National Basketball Association draft have been as dramatic and exciting as any point of the National Basketball Association season, including the trade deadline, the regular season and the first three rounds of the playoffs.

THEIR TIME TO SHINE: With so much trade speculation about All-Stars such as Paul George and Jimmy Butler, there hasn't been as much focus as usual leading into Thursday on the players who are in the draft.

But they should be able to find someone good Thursday.

"If I get a chance to go there, I think it'll be a great fit for me", Fultz said.

The first round of the National Basketball Association drafts is Thursday and all eyes are on the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. "I think that's why there will be a lot of activity at this draft, because I think teams see potential to get a great player".

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