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

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

And, with the Nets moving to Brooklyn in 2012, they wanted to make a splash in their new city.

It's unclear whether Boston wants to commit max money to a player already in his late 20s, especially when there's a teenage Fultz or a Ball at their fingertips for a seven-figure rookie salary. "Now it's our turn 4 years later to take some benefits from the trade".

Besides getting the first overall pick a night before they open the Eastern Conference finals at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics also get another first-rounder in 2018 from the Nets.

"That felt pretty good", Grousbeck said after the draft lottery results were revealed. His speed in transition allows him to get to the basket at will, but Fultz can also beat you from the perimeter with his deadly outside stroke, as he made 42 percent of his pull-up jumpers last season at Washington.

The Celtics were able to get this trade done by being in the right place at the right time.

"And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out (No. 1) pick", Pierce wrote on Twitter. Players like Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, and Josh Jackson are the top three players in the draft in my opinion. He was a Laker from start to finish and went down as one of the greatest players not only in their franchise history, but National Basketball Association history as well.

The Raptors traded a first-round pick and a second this year to Orlando in the Serge Ibaka trade, but Toronto still owns the 23rd selection. The Lakers were more likely to lose the pick than keep it, but as luck would have it, LA moved up from the no. 3 spot to the no. 2 position.

Frankly put, these types of whispers will only grow as the 2017 NBA Draft draws closer and closer. NY is a little bigger than Minnesota, so that gives me hope that, at the very least, the later selections are not as rigged as the top three to five.

"It's two completely different situations", the Boston basketball boss said Tuesday night after the team won the NBA draft lottery.

"There's no doubt in my mind whatsoever", LaVar Ball said of the Lakers taking his son with their pick. Phoenix will get the fourth overall pick.

So, with the self-imposed five-year title window down to two and the desire to become relevant in Brooklyn, Prokhorov was really putting the pressure on general manager Billy King to make the kind of move that could check both boxes.

Up Next: The 2017 NBA Draft takes place Thursday, June 22 from New York City and will air on ESPN.

The Dallas Mavericks are ninth and the New Orleans Pelicans are 10th.