NBA draft rumors: Celtics pondering Josh Jackson at No. 1; Lakers could trade back

Josh Jackson is in demand. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The NBA Finals are over (but not the sniping between Draymond Green and LeBron James), which means it’s time to switch our focus to next week’s draft. In other words, unleash the draft rumors!

Celtics considering going with Josh Jackson at No. 1

It feels like Washington point guard Markelle Fultz has been inextricably linked to Boston at the top spot since the draft lottery, but not so fast! ESPN’s Chad Ford reported Thursday that Kansas small forward Josh Jackson “has emerged as an intriguing option for the Celtics and team president Danny Ainge,” despite reportedly canceling a workout with the team this week.

“I’ve picked Danny’s brain for years,” an unidentified NBA general manager told Ford. “Jackson is an Ainge player all the way. Tough, athletic, long, versatile, elite motor. If he’s keeping the pick, Jackson just to me, far and away, is the most Celtics-type player for them to draft. From all my conversations with them, I’m convinced they’ll take Jackson No. 1.”

That view of Ainge’s prospect preferences is bolstered by his pick of Jaylen Brown at No. 3 last year, but by the same token, doesn’t Brown already give the Celtics much of what Jackson would provide? Then again,

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