'Multiple Teams' Evaluating Trade Packages For D'Angelo Russell

Lynette Rowe
May 19, 2017

There was no luck at No. 13 for the Nuggets on Tuesday night. This is obviously a super exciting moment for the Lakers franchise and they have successfully dodged an enormous bullet, but they shouldn't squander the fruits of their good fortune in a misguided effort to prove that the Lakers are proverbially back.

The Boston Celtics won the National Basketball Association draft lottery, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago.

Co-owner Wyc Grousbeck was the Celtics' representative on stage at the event, fellow co-owner Steve Pagliuca was in the room for the actual lottery process.

The Lakers, meanwhile, were given the No. 2 spot. "They have three children, which is coincidentally the same number of picks he traded away to Boston".

"Me and Isaiah Thomas would be a great backcourt", Fultz said. "Happy for our organization, happy for our team, happy for our fans".

"That's all we working out for is the Lakers", LaVar Ball told Lakers Nation. Coming into the Tuesday evening the Suns entered the draft with a 19.9 percent chance of landing the top pick in the draft and had a 55.8 percent chance of a top-three selection.

As expected, Denver did not move up during the lottery.

NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, left, poses for photographs with Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, right, after the Celtics won the first pick in the NBA basketball draft, at the draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in NY.

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The Nuggets have never moved up in the draft lottery in 15 appearances.

MAVERICKS: Dallas is in pretty unfamiliar territory even being in the lottery, where it has appeared just one other time since 2000. This year, it will be the top pick in the draft. How good is Russell with Ball spacing the floor and setting him up for looks in semi-transition?

The 7-foot-2, 275-pound Embiid is a supremely talented center, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.45 blocked shots last season.

"There's no doubt in my mind whatsoever", Ball said. "We could get a little help for tomorrow night".

The Kings landed two spots in the lottery, including their own pick at No. 5.

In addition, keeping their first round pick meant that the Lakers no longer owed the Orlando Magic the 2019 first round pick in relation to the Dwight Howard trade from the summer of 2012. The Hornets have the 11th pick, followed by the Pistons. He cited the financial implications of moving a draft pick.

Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league but the Celtics had the right to swap picks with them from the 2013 draft-night trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets.

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