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Celtics win NBA draft lottery; Hornets will pick 11th

Celtics win NBA draft lottery; Hornets will pick 11th

In 2013, the Celtics traded Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Nets for three first-round picks and a pick swap. They had a 55.8 percent chance of getting a top three pick.

Leading up to Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery, Washington freshman Markelle Fultz elaborated on why he believes that Boston would be "a great fit" for him. And in a nod to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the franchise in 2017-18, Dick Van Arsdale, "The Original Sun", was also in attendance at the New York Hilton Midtown.

In some drafts, Smith would be a top-three pick.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens is hoping the No. 1 pick will help the franchise build a sustainable contender.

As the roars coming from Danny Ainge's office dissipated, a new reality had set in. 'One is a lot about the future, and one is in the present. "This team is a lot of fun to be around this year".

Owner Wyc Grousbeck was the lucky charm for a team that, despite its shamrock logo, hasn't had such good fortune in the lottery. "I think there will be a good amount of interest ... but I feel very comfortable with where we are, and I think we're going to get a really good player at No. 4".

"It's busy", Grousbeck said. "It felt like winning Game Seven last night". Improving his shooting stroke would help take his game to another level as teams will find it more hard to defend him going to basket if he shows he can knock down a jump shot. So I don't know. The Nets finished this season with the worst record in the league, and had to watch as Boston won the lottery on Tuesday.

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

The Lakers have the 28th overall pick in the draft they received in exchange for Lou Williams, and there is also the possibility they could buy a later pick in the second round as well as undrafted free agents to evaluate for a potential Las Vegas Summer League roster spot.

Keeping the pieces would also load the Celtics bench even further with either Thomas, Fultz, or Avery Bradley, who's been huge in the playoffs with 16 points on 38 percent three-point shooting, playing a reserve guard role.

"I'm excited", 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid said. Ball and Fultz appear to be the two standout players in the 2017 NBA Draft, and the Lakers will likely take whichever of the two players the Celtics do not pick. If last year's two first round picks who spent the season overseas, Guerschon Yabusele and Ante Žižić, come back and join the Celtics as expected, it would take a significant dump of salary to clear the room to bring Hayward in. But this is Sacramento, and who the Kings pick might depend on who owner Vivek Ranadive decides is the next Steph Curry, which means you can go ahead and ignore all the mock draft results for the Kings because they have rarely made sense on draft night. "We'll now zero in and focus on drafting a quality player at No. 3 who adds to our dynamic young core", he said.

Everyone-players, executives, fans-had the same thought once L.A. landed the No. 2 pick: Lonzo Ball. "We think that we're good at what we do, and we look forward to a young player that we'll be able to draft next month".

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