Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win

Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win

Yet, obvious by Magic Johnson's smile, the hated rivals were both winners. "Obviously we would have loved to move up, but this isn't a two- or three-player draft".

Meanwhile, the Lakers are in a prime spot for post-Kobe Bryant redemption as they could walk away with a top young talent or trade that pick along with Jordan Clarkson to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George. "I wish the draft was right now so we could get it going".

"And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out (No. 1) pick", Pierce wrote on Twitter.

After a controversial NBA draft in 1985, in which the NBA basically gave Patrick Ewing, the star Georgetown center, to the big market New York Knicks, the NBA needed to prove that they were not fixing the lottery. Instead, the Lakers jumped the Suns for second overall and the 76ers moved from the fourth-best odds into the number three slot.

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The 2017 draft is June 22, and Thursday's lottery set the order. Rarely does one lottery decide so much about the future of a franchise.

"We have plenty of time to decide what to do, but I would imagine we'll make the pick", Grousbeck said.

The Celtics were going to be in prime position no matter how the Ping-Pong balls bounced in a hotel ballroom Tuesday.

The Lakers have the second overall pick in next month's National Basketball Association draft and LaVar Ball says no other teams need to even bother asking for a workout. It's different when you can sit down and get a feel for the person and have them all in.

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"We can't expect to be a team on the rise this year", Connelly said.

The Philadelphia Sixers have had a pick in the top-three for four consecutive years.

However, Draft Express' Jonathan Givony says that while Ball is the "heavy favorite" to be picked No. 2, LA is also debating another point guard: Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox.

Philadelphia will have their own first rounder and the Lakers' pick in 2018 and then their own pick and the Kings' unprotected first round pick in 2019. Ainge said he also plans to enjoy exploring the trade market, but doesn't yet know how many teams will hold interest in moving up.

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