Should Boston Celtics Keep the First Pick or Not? Team Entertaining Offers?

Hazel Gray
May 20, 2017

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

Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, left, Magic Johnson, president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, center, and Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, right, react after the learning they will get one of the first three picks as the NBA basketball draft lottery is announced, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in NY. 'Game last night, Game 7, a tough Washington team. And on Wednesday night, the C's will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the East finals.

So, after Tuesday night's lottery took place, we put it to a vote on Twitter. "I'm going to keep talking about it until it happens".

But if you didn't know better, you would think the Celtics were among the last teams to qualify for the postseason, based on how they are viewed by many as nothing more than an appetizer for a Cleveland team whose sights are set on the main course - a return trip to the NBA Finals.

The impatience came to an end when it was announced that the Knicks will be selecting at No. 8 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three.

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 Lakers and their fans were anxiously waiting to see if they would get a top-three pick in the draft in June - if it fell below three, the Philadelphia 76ers would get the pick, a fallout from the Steve Nash trade in 2012.

The Suns finished with the second-worst record in the National Basketball Association this past season. One spot surely won't make a difference, especially for the targets they reportedly want.

For the time this season, we have the complete draft order (barring trades) solidified so we can make mock drafts based on a concrete order. They've got some really good players in this draft.

That right to swap picks is just the latest reward for the Celtics.

"It was fun", said Ainge at the team's training facility in Waltham after the lottery selection ended. The players under the strongest consideration at No. 2 right now are Markelle Fultz, Ball, De'Aaron Fox, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum. They had about a 53 percent chance of falling out of the top three, which would have triggered a trade of the pick as remaining payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012. The first nine picks are projected to be freshmen. A late five-game winning streak by his young team had damaged its odds by falling behind Phoenix for the second-worst record in the league. We're going to look forward to doing that. "We won five in a row and everybody thought we were insane".

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