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Now, Pelinka also mentioned that had the Lakers not kept their top pick, they were happy with their Plan B, which would have included knowing for sure they'd keep their 2018 first round pick (which now definitely goes to Philadelphia). In today's National Basketball Association, picks are very valuable.

It is also only the second time the Celtics will pick first. The other time was 1950 when Boston picked Chuck Share, who never played a game for the team.

"I think with Boston and Los Angeles getting No. 1 and No. 2, I think it makes it highly unlikely that Butler and George are involved in trades with those two teams", Wojnarowski said, as transcribed by WEEI.

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. "Now it's our turn 4 years later to take some benefits from the trade".

Bias' death set the Celtics back for decades, maybe this draft pick will get the Celtics back into their dynasty ways.

It was pretty evident up to the draft lottery that the Lakers and the Ball family mutually felt like they would be a good fit.

The Celtics had just one day off after eliminating the Washington Wizards in Game 7 of the conference semifinals - but what a day it was. Tonight, they are hosting the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, led by Lebron James...it's been a good week for The Celtics. Los Angeles reportedly wants Fox and Ball to have a head-to-head workout for them, according to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.

Four years later, the Philadelphia 76ers are still bad. "There really was no way to walk out of here disappointed given the possible outcomes we faced".

Despite some off-the-court issues, Jackson is the most talented player in this draft.

"That's all we working out for is the Lakers", LaVar Ball said. The Sacramento Kings were forced to swap the fifth overall pick from the 2015 trade of Nik Stauskas.

The Knicks, represented at the proceedings in a private room at the New York Hilton Midtown by a dapper Walt Frazier, could finish anywhere in the order from first to tenth. NY is a little bigger than Minnesota, so that gives me hope that, at the very least, the later selections are not as rigged as the top three to five.

PELICANS: New Orleans made a big move in February when it acquired DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento, and now the Pelicans will figure out how costly it was.


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