BOSTON — Markelle Fultz, the potential No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft, capped a two-day visit with the Boston Celtics with an on-court workout Tuesday then visited TD Garden, where he marveled at the championship banners and suggested he could envision himself trying to add to Boston’s storied history.
“It almost feels like I belong here,” Fultz told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman during a tour of the arena that included a stop outside the Celtics’ locker room, where Fultz studied the pictures of Boston legends that line the hallways.
The Celtics, an Eastern Conference finalist after earning the top seed in the conference following a 53-win campaign, own the No. 1 pick in this month’s draft thanks to the 2013 trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Celtics already turned two previous first-round picks from the Nets into Jaylen Brown (No. 3 in 2016) and James Young (No. 17 in 2014). Boston had the right to swap spots with the Nets this season and own the Nets’ pick outright for the 2018 draft.