Celtics Will Only Trade Top Pick For 'Second Coming'

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

The Sixers, at first, drew the fifth overall pick in the lottery, but, because of the trade, managed to swap picks with the Kings to take the third overall pick instead.

The infamous Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett trade with the Brooklyn Nets is the gift that keeps on giving for the Boston Celtics.

The 2017 NBA Draft order was finalized on Tuesday night after the draft lottery, as the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers walked away with the top three picks. "It felt like winning Game Seven last night".

That business he speaks of includes trying to slow down a Cleveland team that has yet to lose a game in the playoffs, and is playing some of its best basketball to date.

"I have to be in attack mode, just put the pressure on the defense, see what happens".

Moments after the draft lottery handed the Philadelphia 76ers the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, team owner Joshua Harris said he had one person to thank: Former 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie. "Sometimes having the second pick is better than the first".

This is the second consecutive year that the Suns will draft at the number four position.

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Magic Johnson and Lakers GM Rob Pelinka have both said that LaVar's outlandish comments over the past few months won't impact the way the team evaluates his son leading into the draft.

The Celtics obtained the pick from the Nets in 2013 and had a 25 percent of getting the top pick. The 76ers will also receive the Lakers' 2018 first round draft pick and the Kings' 2019 first-rounder with no protections.

The Nets finished with the league's worst record at 20-62. "We jumped up one more spot". "I feel every comfortable with where we are, and I think we'll get a very good player at No. 4". They've got some really good players in this draft.

"It's two completely different situations: One is a lot about the future, and one is in the present", Celtics President Danny Ainge said.

Their victory made it three consecutive years the team with the best odds has won the lottery, after going the previous decade without a victory.

ESPN lists Markelle Fultz, Ball, De'Aaron Fox, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum as candidates to be selected first overall. They could not only win again if they move up from their current fourth spot, but land another top-five pick if the Lakers fall backward.

Here's a first look at how The News' Rod Beard projects the first round will shake out.

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