Celtics follow euphoria of winning lottery with dud on court

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A night after winning Game 7 against Washington to secure an Eastern Conference finals matchup with Cleveland, the Celtics cashed in their 25 percent chance to land the No. 1 pick in the June draft.

Colin Cowherd thinks the Celtics should take the latter approach, as Boston has a chance to win now and there's no guarantee that Markelle Fultz (or whoever else the C's might pick) will be able to offer major contributions during the team's championship window. "It's a good time to be a Celtics fan". I'd imagine he wouldn't be too pleased if Ainge drafted Fultz. "We could get a little help for tomorrow night". "You could see as many as 15, maybe more freshman go in the top 30 picks", ESPN college analyst Jay Bilas said on Tuesday night.

While it wasn't the ideal scenario for Philadelphia, they still come out with a top 3 pick to add to Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and the rest of the young Sixers core.

You may remember back in 2013 when the Celtics sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to the Nets in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, and their future: the Nets first-round picks in 2014, 2016, 2018, and the right to swap picks in 2017.

The Celtics, of course, gave up their top guys in the trade, so they had to play the waiting game.

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Securing the No. 2 overall pick clears the way for the Lakers to likely select UCLA point guard and Chino Hills, Calif. native Lonzo Ball, which could render Russell's skillset somewhat redundant.

The Sixers could also attempt to trade with the Boston Celtics for the first pick in the draft, but the Sixers would probably have to give up a lot to get that pick.

The Newsday.com mock draft has Ball falling to the Sixers, which seems unlikely.

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. If not to have first choice of the best available player, then to make sure your pick has as much trade value as possible.

The 2017 National Basketball Association draft lottery was held on Tuesday, which means we're that much closer to the National Basketball Association draft on June 22nd.

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