Celtics Win NBA Draft Lottery, Heat Keep 14th Pick

Doyle BarkerMay 20, 2017

"You don't really want to necessarily trade a number one pick in a really good draft for somebody that's halfway thru their career, already making max money", the team's governor and CEO stated.

And if the Celtics don't play any better than they did in the first half of the opener, that could be it.

The 2017 NBA Draft will take place Thursday, June 22 beginning at 4 p.m. Arizona time. And rather predict when we're going to make the playoffs, we're just going to let it happen naturally. Each team entered the night with hopes of snagging the No.1 overall pick, but in the end, it was the Celtics who got the top prize. We're ready to go. Obviously, it is better to pick at the top of the Draft than at sixth. The Celtics had won the National Basketball Association draft lottery, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago.

While this trade would have been great in 2007, it's hard to imagine what the Nets were thinking, but apparently, the front office believed that a bunch of 36+ year old future Hall of Famers could bring a championship to Brooklyn immediately. If the Celtics feel they have a shot at the likes of Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin, for example, they could simply draft No. 1 and then take a swing at a star in free agency without giving anything up.

Markelle Fultz is tipped to be the top overall pick. "We got fourth and personally, I'm good with it", McDonough added.

The most obvious choice would be UCLA point guard and Los Angeles native Lonzo Ball, who has expressed interest in playing for the Lakers, even so far as his dad, LaVar, recently said that Lonzo would only workout for the Lakers before the draft.

The NBA Draft Lottery was held Tuesday night in New York City and for the fans of the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and Philadelphia 76ers, it was a joyous occasion. If the Lakers fall out of the top three, their pick goes to the 76ers, who would get it from Phoenix per terms of a three-team trade with Milwaukee at the 2015 deadline. I'm not sure if IN goes for it, but man would this be a good deal.

This was one of the biggest storylines coming into the night: either the Lakers secure a top three pick, or they lose it to Philly as well as their first round pick in 2019 to Orlando.

The New York Knicks dropped one spot and will select eighth in the upcoming draft. This has been a regular exercise in futility for the Sacramento Kings. A player like Butler or George certainly would bolster the Celtics' roster, but as Wojnarowski notes, it would come at a big cost.

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