Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

NBA Nets' home arena hosts draft festivities

NBA Nets' home arena hosts draft festivities

The annual allocation of unclaimed talent will be staged June 22 in the NY arena, with the Boston Celtics owning the top pick after winning Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery.

The Celtics had just one day off after eliminating the Washington Wizards in Game 7 of the conference semifinals - but what a day it was.

One of the big storylines coming into Game 1 was whether Cleveland would be a little rusty after having had nine days off since they last played.

There is no more saying if a team wins the Lottery, there is now certainty about where each team is picking. I don't know what's happening here.

"It's busy", Grousbeck said. And, thanks to the Los Angeles Lakers landing the second pick in the Draft, the Magic will have the 33rd pick. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three.

Now, Pelinka also mentioned that had the Lakers not kept their top pick, they were happy with their Plan B, which would have included knowing for sure they'd keep their 2018 first round pick (which now definitely goes to Philadelphia).

The timing was ideal for the Celtics, as Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league. Then now, you have the chance with the No. 1 pick to try to acquire Jimmy Butler or Paul George, you go for it.

"I don't anticipate we're going to pull a rabbit out of a hat", Jackson said.

"He's one of the most talented, most gifted offensive guys that I've ever seen", Capel said. "It could be something that we utilize a pick to package along with a player to maybe enhance a trade situation". The problem with (general manager Danny) Ainge is he has repeatedly shown that what the media thinks is often far from what he thinks. It's been a pretty good year for my team and myself individually.

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Their victory made it three straight years the team with the best odds has won the lottery, after going the previous decade without a victory. Thomas is set to be an unrestricted free agent after next season, which theoretically would be after Fultz's rookie year.

The Celtics were able to play them relatively even the rest of the half, which doesn't do much good when facing a deficit on the north side of 20 points. "If not, we'll go from there", Thomas said via ESPN's Chris Forsberg.

Last night finally quelled all the drama about who gets the number one pick.

When you have a team climb into the top three, there's always a team that gets bumped out of the top three.

"You trade this pick, because (Fultz) can not help the Celtics get over the top". Philadelphia finished with the fifth-highest pace in the National Basketball Association last season, and having an athlete of Jackson's caliber to run up and down the court in transition with Simmons could be a headache for opposing defenses. Bring him in before the max salaries kick in years later. "We won five in a row and everybody thought we were insane".

But the craziness of this terrible trade gets worse when amplified by the fact that the Nets don't even own their pick NEXT year, a time when they again look to be terrible. The Kings will select fifth and 10th.

For instance, the team can try to trade for someone like New York Knicks shooting guard Courtney Lee.

The Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat will get the final four lottery picks.

We'll all find out on June 22.

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