Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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Speaking after the draft lottery Tuesday night, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka noted there is no clear-cut No. 1.

The good fortune belonged to two of the NBA's most-storied franchises.

A day after reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics won the National Basketball Association draft lottery, earning the No. 1 pick.

The infamous Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett trade with the Brooklyn Nets is the gift that keeps on giving for the Boston Celtics.

The Lakers, meanwhile, were given the No. 2 spot. Had they fallen out of the top three, they would have lost their pick to the 76ers. I like action. But we have a good group of guys around us. "Happy for our organization, happy for our team, happy for our fans". Ball has openly expressed a desire to play for the Lakers, though he hasn't been as vocal about such a scenario as his outspoken father, LaVar.

The Celtics obtained the pick from the Nets in 2013 and had a 25 percent of getting the top pick.

Depending on what happens at the top of the draft the Suns could move up or down in the draft.

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The Boston Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards in Game 7 just two days ago to head to the Eastern Conference Finals that begin on Wednesday.

Though the Nuggets missed out on their slim chance to move to the top of the draft, they will still have an opportunity to add considerable talent from what is considered a deep pool of prospects. Phoenix will get the fourth overall pick.

Pelinka reiterated that a player's father - in this case LaVar Ball - won't have any bearing on the team's decision, a point Johnson made at the National Basketball Association draft combine last week.

There's no question the Lakers are the biggest victor of the lottery. It's very exciting. We've never had that before, so that would be a lot of fun to explore those options. "It was going really well, and there was a little misdirection there by one of the envelopes, and then we got right back on track. When you defend like we did there is a lot you have to improve, and we have to analyze every aspect".

Our take? Isaac will not impact whichever team drafts him as a rookie the way some lottery picks will. Thomas was the last overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 draft.

Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (1) moves the ball ahead of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) during second half at Staples Center.

The Magic got the sixth pick, followed by the Timberwolves, the Knicks and the Mavericks.

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