Celtics best Lakers to secure top pick

by Leon Thompson May 20, 2017, 0:55
Celtics best Lakers to secure top pick

There was a 96 percent chance the Nuggets would land the 13th pick, and that is now where they are officially scheduled to select during the draft on June 22.

Both Paul George and Jimmy Butler have been tied to trade rumors with the Boston Celtics for quite some time, but don't expect those rumors to come to fruition this summer.

The whole situation stems from a 2013 trade in which the Celtics sent Pierce, Garnett, and Jason Terry to Brooklyn as the Nets tried to build a star-packed team to rival the Miami Heat. The 76ers will also receive the Lakers' 2018 first round draft pick and the Kings' 2019 first-rounder with no protections.

On Tuesday, the Lakers became the first team in National Basketball Association history to win the No. 2 overall pick for three consecutive seasons.

"Pretty wonderful - all one great feeling of Celtic pride right now", said Wyc Grousbeck, a Celtics co-owner, who basked in the spotlight of the annual game show proceedings on Tuesday as he stood alongside Johnson and Embiid. The report stated that the team is "hoping" for a head-to-head workout.

What should Boston do with the #1 pick?

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Of course, the Celtics don't have to oblige. He'd complement Ben Simmons well, but this trade seems highly unlikely, especially since Fultz is a highly touted prospect and the Celtics probably want him just as bad as anyone else does. Most mock drafts figure to have the Celtics taking Washington point guard Markelle Fultz with the first pick.

The NBA Draft Lottery was held Tuesday night in New York City. "We jumped up one more spot".

Of course, Boston could also explore trade opportunities if they feel like that helps to improve the team more than any player in this year's draft.

"It's kind of what I anticipated", Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said. After having the best odds for the No 1 pick in 1997, Boston missed out on the chance to get Tim Duncan; in 1986, the Celtics landed the No 2 overall pick and used it on Len Bias, who died two days later of a cocaine overdose.

"I hate to see Boston wind up with that pick being in our division, but that's what we're dealing with", he said. "We won five in a row and everybody thought we were insane". We're looking for the best player at this point to fill what we need. Now, the Sixers get to pick third in the draft and they could do a variety of things with that selection.

For the Lakers, it's déjà vu all over again as they are picking second for the third straight year.


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