"He's excited", Thomas said, then appeared to catch himself.
With the top player in the draft being Markelle Fultz, the pressure to trade the pick isn't as intense as last season. "He was on the phone with everybody from coast-to-coast, and he was offering everybody". Thomas also stated that he believes they could together thrive as teammates. "There were no untouchables on that team previous year". "I know that they (Celtics) have really, really liked him (Fultz) all season".More news: De Villiers: I haven't retired from Test cricket
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Yes, the Celtics remain in the final four of the playoffs this season - pending three more LeBron tours de force - but their big plans are for next season, when they are poised to complete a painstaking rebuild with two more marquee additions.
Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota, 50 (2); Chris Paul, LA Clippers, 49; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 48 (2); DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans, 42 (2); Paul George, Indiana, 40; Gordon Hayward, Utah, 27; Hassan Whiteside, Miami, 18; Kyrie Irving, Cleveland, 14; Klay Thompson, Golden State, 14; Nikola Jokic, Denver, 12 (1); Damian Lillard, Portland, 12; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 3; LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio, 1; Blake Griffin, LA Clippers, 1; Al Horford, Boston, 1. Most teams won't do a pick for a player straight up, so the Celtics may have to throw in another player along with the pick depending on what type of player they are looking for. There are those Celtics fans who would much rather see the team go after a guy who can help the team right now, rather than a younger talent who needs some time to develop.