Report: Markelle Fultz, Boston Celtics set date for draft workout this week

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Markelle Fultz is likely going to be your No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft. The Boston Celtics currently hold that pick, with the Los Angeles Lakers directly behind them at No. 2. While UCLA’s Lonzo Ball has declined to work out with the Celtics, hoping instead to be drafted by L.A., Fultz now has a date set to strut his stuff in front of Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Washington Huskies star is set to have a draft workout with the Celtics on Tuesday, June 6th.

Via Twitter:

Tape on Fultz is extensive and his NBA skill set relative to his competition is pretty set, so there’s little chance the workout has any negative impact on his draft selection.

What will be interesting, however, is how we view the draft for Boston as we get closer to June 22. At the time of the Draft Lottery it appeared as though Boston may be willing to deal the pick, but as time has gone on the feeling is that Ainge will keep the pick and select Fultz.

This could have something to do with the availability of Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, who is a free agent and could become one of Boston’s premiere players without the Celtics having to give up that No. 1 overall pick to get him.

It’s all a tangled web at the moment, and it’s fun to pull on one end and see what moves on the other side. June is only going to get more interesting as we get deeper into it.

Phoenix Suns with quality solar eclipse joke on Twitter

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With the cooler-than-I-expected solar eclipse on Monday came a lot of bad solar eclipse jokes on Twitter. Because that’s what Twitter does. Especially the NBA Twitterverse. We knew a lot of “where on the flat earth will Kyrie Irving watch the eclipse?” jokes were coming.

There were a couple of good ones, however.

Appropriately, the Phoenix Suns won the day.

One personal favorite here, an old meme that never goes out of style.

Report: Other small-market teams championing Pacers’ tampering allegation against Lakers

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The NBA, at the Pacers’ request, is investigating whether the Lakers tampered by making impressible contact with Paul George.

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In fact, there’s word that other small- and mid-market team officials have reached out to the Pacers and told them, “Good for you. Fight the good fight.”

Small-market teams whine too much about the disadvantages they face, but tampering isn’t really a market-size issue. Remember, under Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers were known as the only team that didn’t tamper.

The Lakers have advantages because George is from the area, and Los Angeles offers immense marketability. That’d be true whether or not they contacted George or his agent before he officially became a free agent.

I understand the desire to take down the big, bad Lakers – especially now that they appear poised to become truly big and bad again. But it’s hard to find a team that can cast a stone at them from anywhere other than a glass house.

Report: Clippers hiring ex-Cavaliers executive Trent Redden

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The power dynamics within the Clippers are shifting, and the ground apparently hasn’t settled yet.

Doc Rivers has been stripped of his presidency. Jerry West became a consultant. Lawrence Frank now holds the most prestigious title in the front office, and newly hired Michael Winger will report to him. Also falling under Frank in the organizational chart? Trent Redden.

Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN:

Longtime Cleveland Cavaliers executive Trent Redden will join the LA Clippers’ front-office staff as assistant general manager, league sources said on Monday.

Redden was ousted in Cleveland with David Griffin. He’ll help the Clippers simply by providing another capable executive. They’ve long needed to add front-office employees (and pay for them).

But Redden also exacerbates the issue of Frank’s underlings having far more front-office experience than him. As the Clippers try to establish their new setup, we’ll see whether that creates complications.

Warriors’ Steve Kerr: I expect to coach all season and for many years ahead

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr has missed significant time the last two seasons due to complications from back surgery.

Could those issues derail his career?

Kerr, via Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle:

“I fully expect to coach all year,” Kerr says in a no-nonsense tone. “That’s my expectation. And for many years to come.”

On the most basic level, it’d be good if Kerr feels well enough to coach. The headaches sound miserable, regardless of his job.

But it’d also be ideal if the NBA didn’t lose one of its best coaches just as he’s getting started. The 51-year-old Kerr might wind up the greatest coach of all time. Obviously that’s a long way off, but he has that potential – health permitting.