Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Experts Weigh in on Kings Upcoming Lottery Picks


And surprise: it was the Boston Celtics, the team with the best chance.

Not only are they fighting for a chance to upend the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, they were also awarded the No. 1 overall pick in this summer's NBA Draft. They could not only win again if they move up from their current fourth spot, but land another top-five pick if the Lakers fall backward. "That's just a hard trade to make", he said, according to WBZ News' Adam Kaufman. And now we squeeze in the lottery and win the pick. The team had just announced a move to Brooklyn, and were playing under a new city and color way. The new owner promised a revitalized team: making moves to compete around Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, and Brook Lopez.

When Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry - remember him? - showed up in Brooklyn one month after then-Nets general manager Billy King mortgaged the foreseeable future for their services, the move was created to get the franchise back to the NBA Finals for the first time since they made back-to-back trips there in 2002-03.

But wait, it actually gets worse. In fact, 15 of the 25 players in this year's All-Star Game were picked sixth or lower in the National Basketball Association draft.

So what did they give up this time? Beyond that, however, the Celtics are better off keeping the pick and drafting Markelle Fultz. This one? Damian Lillard.

Here's all you need to know about the Magic's draft history: Besides, Shaq, Penny and Dwight (all obtained by winning the lottery), the Magic have never drafted a player who went on to play in an All-Star game (Jameer Nelson was hurt the one year he was named to the All-Star team). "We just didn't think we were getting the value for it". "It's an uphill battle and we just got to be better to start the game". "It's a good time to be a Celtics fan".

"This is the hand that we've been dealt", Marks has lamented on more than one occasion since taking on this monumental Downtown rebuilding project.

But we'll get to that.

But after flailing during the season, they wanted another shakeup. "It's pretty incredible", said Wyc Grousbeck, a Celtics owner who represented them on stage.

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San Antonio was a much different team without Kawhi Leonard , who missed the game after re-aggravating an ankle injury in Game 1 . I think he's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done, whether it's for himself or his teammates".

There was a tiny sting of moving two spots back, but overall this was a great night for the Kings. Many believe the Celtics will take him.

"It's two completely different situations: One is a lot about the future, and one is in the present", Celtics president Danny Ainge said.

That's right. The Nets traded FOUR future first round picks for Pierce, age 36, and Garnett, age 37. He is a top-3 candidate for NBA Rookie of the Year despite appearing in fewer than 40 percent of the Sixers' 2016-17 games and less than 20 percent of the season's minutes.

None of the players acquired in those deals for Brooklyn remain here in 2017, with the roster totally gutted and down to nothing but slim-pickings.

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

Jimmy Butler has always been rumored as a trade target for the Celtics.

"The thing is, I've been a victor all my life", Johnson said, now armed with the second pick in next month's National Basketball Association draft, a possible crack at the flamboyant UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball and the certainty that his Hollywood stardust will draw the kind of free-agent talent that has, to this point, shunned Phil Jackson in NY. They did. And, because of the trade, Boston used their option to swap with the Nets and take this year's top selection.

Btw, the Celtics have the Nets' first-rounder next year too.

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