GARY WASHBURN I ON BASKETBALL

Choice is clear, Celtics should draft Duke forward Jayson Tatum

FILE - In this March 19, 2017, file photo, Duke's Jayson Tatum, left, drives past South Carolina's Chris Silva during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, in Greenville, S.C. Tatum spent one season at Duke and is expected to be a top-five pick in Thursday's NBA draft. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)

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Tatum has the offensive polish the Celtics could desperately use.

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2017, file photo, Washington guard Markelle Fultz (20) is shown during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona, in Tucson, Ariz. Fultz is the likely No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, June 22. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

GARY WASHBURN

Gary Washburn’s NBA mock draft

Projected picks for Thursday’s first round by the Globe’s NBA writer.

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Team president Phil Jackson on Wednesday night did not rule out the possibility of a deal prior to Thursday night’s NBA draft.

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 21: Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals hits a grand slam home run during the 8th inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium on June 21, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

ROYALS 6, RED SOX 4

Royals slam the door on Red Sox in trip finale

The bullpen failed Boston as Robby Scott allowed a grand slam in the eighth inning.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) runs from New York Jets linebacker David Harris (52) during the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Patriots sign former Jets linebacker David Harris

The durable 10-year veteran, who was released early this month, could be a valuable pickup.

Fluto Shinzawa | On Hockey

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The Bruins did not have to concede future assets in losing the young defenseman.

NHL Awards

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Bergeron tied Canadiens great Bob Gainey as the NHL’s top defensive forward for the fourth time.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/06/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/666277280-14130.jpg Bruins lose Colin Miller to Golden Knights in expansion draft

The defenseman, just 24, fits the profile of the new Las Vegas franchise.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/06/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/693909006.jpg Hanley Ramirez, hurting and slumping, takes a seat

Ramirez is hitting .239 with a .735 OPS. He has nine home runs but only six doubles and 26 RBIs.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/06/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/e0472db1eebb454687e72a47601f7302-e0472db1eebb454687e72a47601f7302-0.jpg Red Sox bullpen hits bump in season’s long road

The Craig Kimbrel-led corps has been the team’s strength this season, but they failed Wednesday in Kansas City.

Boston, MA: 06-24-2016: Offices of the Boston Globe on Morrissey Blvd., in Boston, Mass. July 20, 2016. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/Timothy Logan, Business ( 21morrissey )

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DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Game over on Morrissey Boulevard

Sports history wasn’t made in the Globe building, but it sure was covered here.

NHL Awards Show

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Former BC star Johnny Gaudreau won the Lady Byng at the NHL Awards show in Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 21: Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury shakes hands with majority owner Bill Foley of the Vegas Golden Knights after Fleury is taken by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft during the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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NHL Expansion Draft

Las Vegas stocks roster, led by goalie Marc-Andre Fleury

Former Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury a cornerstone acquisition for Vegas in expansion draft.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/06/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/657082974.jpg Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson both say Celtics would be a great fit

Two propects widely believed to be under considertaion to be drafted at No. 3 pondered what it would be like to be a Celtic.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/06/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/db146b43b4d94c72bd6fbcdd1161af2b-72268ecc025844d789b326e23ea5e74d-1.jpg Markelle Fultz didn’t take Celtics trade personally

“If you look at what the Celtics do, they trade a lot,” Fultz said Wednesday, a day before the NBA Draft.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale hands the ball to manager John Farrell as he leaves during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. The Red Sox won 8-3. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Alex Speier

Chris Sale’s impact on Red Sox is hard to overstate

After Tuesday night’s win, Sale is now 9-3 with a 2.85 ERA and a major league-leading 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/06/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/634458882.jpg In visit with Jayson Tatum, Brad Stevens talks the value of versatility

Tatum sees himself as a player who is capable of guarding both point guards and power forwards.

Sports Log

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/06/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/71c733cd561f40d4aa219adca91e1ae7-71c733cd561f40d4aa219adca91e1ae7-0.jpg Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa to miss 2017-18 season

A progressive skin disorder derailed Hossa for upcoming NHL season.

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The two-game home-and-home series will begin in Chestnut Hill in 2024, and will conclude at Spartan Stadium in 2025.