The Boston Celtics offseason rumor mill is heating up now that the NBA Finals are on the brink of ending.
On the NBA draft front, it appears that Markelle Fultz is scheduling a workout with the Sacramento Kings.
According to Ailene Voisin of the Sacremento Bee, the expected top overall pick will work out for the Kings this coming Sunday.
The Kings have the 5th and 10th picks in the upcoming draft. It’s been reportedly recently that they’re willing to trade both of those picks in order to move up to select De’Aaron Fox. However, this news indicates the Kings also have an interest in drafting Markelle Fultz if they can complete a trade with Danny Ainge and the Celtics.
Despite the workout, it doesn’t appear there are any discussions between the Celtics and Kings at this time.
Despite reports that Markelle Fultz will work out for SAC, there are no indications that BOS & SAC are talking a trade per multiple sources.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 9, 2017
Lebron James might be interested in moving West in 2018
Kevon O’Connor of The Ringer writes.
Whether the Cavaliers manage to survive this series could be the least of their worries. Murmurs around the league suggest that the King might be interested in westward expansion in 2018.
O’Connor goes on to suggest that the Lakers and Clippers make the most sense.
With the Lakers expected to add Paul George in 2018 it doesn’t seem like adding James would also be in the cards. At least not unless Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov’s contracts can be moved off of their roster.
The Clippers are also in a bit of a cap crunch but could clear the necessary room for a Lebron James contract by allowing Blake Griffin, Wesley Johnson, and JJ Redick to walk via free agency this year.
Adding Gordon Hayward in addition to a Lebron James migration to the Western Conference could catapult the Boston Celtics into the pole position for the Eastern Conference title in 2018. That is, of course, if the Celtics can land Gordon Hayward.
The Miami Heat are emerging as serious contenders for the services of Gordon Hayward.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Utah Jazz are just as concerned about the Miami Heat as they are the Celtics in the Gordon Hayward sweepstakes.
Miami’s weather and night life is always a huge draw for free agents but they could also put a very good team on the floor if Hayward were added to the mix.
A starting five of Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Gordon Hayward, Justise Winslow, and Hasson Whiteside might not be Conference championship caliber but it could throw its name in the ring if the aforementioned Lebron departure came to fruition in 2018.