Being the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft has been a lifelong dream for Markelle Fultz.
With just over three weeks until the 2017 NBA draft, the 6-foot-4 guard from Washington is more hopeful than ever that he will achieve that dream and wear the Celtic green next season.
Fultz told ESPN on Tuesday he has engaged in multiple conversations with Celtics president of operations Danny Ainge and the organization wants to get him to Boston for a visit.
“I’ve talked to Danny a few times,” Fultz said. “And they want to get me to come out there for a visit. They just want to get a chance to know me better as a person.”
Though Fultz met with a couple of teams including Boston before the draft combine in Chicago, he and the Celtics have yet to formally set a date for a visit.
On Tuesday, Fultz gave every indication he wants to play for the Celtics, which is stark contrast from Lonzo Ball, another top draft candidate, who last week told Ainge and the Celtics he would “politely,” decline an offer to work out for the team.
“I want to be the No. 1 pick really bad,” Fultz said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid and I feel like I would fit well in Boston.”
Fultz has also been close to Isaiah Thomas since he was being recruited at Washington (Thomas went to the school) and the two have remained in touch ever since. He said they would work well together out on the court.
“We can both play on or off the ball,” he said. “We can both score and also pass. I think we’d be great together.”
Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game as a freshman for Washington this past season. If selected by the Celtics with the top pick, he would become the first No. 1 overall selection in Washington program history.
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