Celtics win National Basketball Association draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick


Do you take [Fultz], knowing that probably in 4-5 years he's going to be at the peak of his game, but other guys are going be past the peak of their game?

Even if Boston were able to acquire Butler or George, they would not be able to compete with Cleveland, let alone Golden State or San Antonio.

"That felt pretty good", Grousbeck said after the draft lottery results were revealed. "There's a lot of good feelings around the Celtics right now". I don't think the Frenchmen Frank Ntilikina will be off the board yet, and the likelihood that one, if not both, of D'Aaron Fox and Dennis Smith Jr. will be available too. "We could get a little help for tomorrow night". To make matters worse the defending National Basketball Association champions, the Boston Celtics, had the 2nd pick, acquired in a trade with the Seattle Supersonics. We're ready to go. I mean, really, the top seed with the top pick?

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Steve Nash are gone, though on Tuesday they won't be forgotten.

After all, it was Hinkie who orchestrated a trade with the Sacramento Kings - a heist, rather - obtaining Nik Stauskas, a protected first-rounder, and swap rights to the Kings' first-round pick this year just to absorb the salaries on Carl Landry and Jason Thompson. "This is what Brooklyn wanted to do, wanted to go all on it, chase a championship".

With guards Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and wing Josh Jackson expected to be the first three players selected, it leaves the question as to what the Suns will do with their pick.

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The Boston Celtics can benefit in a big way from trading two former champions, while the Los Angeles Lakers hope a failed trade for one point guard won't cost them a shot at another.

Securing the No. 2 overall pick clears the way for the Lakers to likely select UCLA point guard and Chino Hills, Calif. native Lonzo Ball, which could render Russell's skillset somewhat redundant. That would seem to place the Celtics, who already employ a franchise point guard in Isaiah Thomas, in a tricky spot.

Since he is heading into his fourth season since being the No. 3 pick in the draft, the Sixers can extend Embiid's rookie contract beginning with the 2018-19 season for roughly $130 million over five years or $100 million over four.

In all fairness, however, I can not explain why the New York Knicks dropped to eight overall behind the Minnesota Timberwolves despite being tied in odds.

AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney in NY contributed to this report.