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Old 06-29-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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Default Celtics land Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo in what may have been a fantastic draft

The Celtics didn’t pull any surprises Thursday night, and given the wealth of talent in the NBA draft, they didn’t have to.

The additions of Jared Sullinger of Ohio State and Fab Melo of Syracuse was about as good as it could get for the Celtics at picks Nos. 21 and 22. Sullinger is the biggest reward from the Kendrick Perkins trade.

And now the Celtics can move forward with two players who will see considerable playing time next year.

According to NBA sources, the concerns about the 6-foot-9-inch Sullinger’s back are minor, and the Celtics will find out more when their doctors examine him in the coming days. Team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Sullinger has a “disk’’ issue but expects him to play in the Orlando Summer League beginning July 9.

-- Boston Globe
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