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Celtics soured on Fultz due to lack of explosiveness in workout?

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 6/19/2017 Darryn Albert

The Boston Celtics seemed to do a quick 180 on top prospect Markelle Fultz, and now we may have a bit of an idea why.

According to what ESPN’s Michael Eaves tweeted on Sunday, some members of the Celtics organization were not impressed by Fultz’s workout and pointed to a perceived lack of explosiveness on the part of the former Washington star.

Fultz seemed signed, sealed, and delivered to Boston at No. 1 overall for months. Initially, he scheduled a workout with only the Celtics. But Boston abruptly agreed to a blockbuster deal with the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, swapping the top pick for the No. 3 selection and an additional first-rounder.

It’s hard to believe that a single workout was enough to change the Celtics’ mind on Fultz, so there may be some rationalizing for their fanbase in play here. But given the sudden turn of events, this serves as an explanation that will probably suffice, at least for now.

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