The Los Angeles Lakers are receiving offers for a potential D'Angelo Russell trade after they retained their Top-3 protected draft pick during Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery, per reports. Los Angeles secured the second overall pick. The Celtics owned the pick by virtue of a 2013 trade with the Nets, who had the NBA's worst record last season.
The Celtics had a 25 percent chance to get the top pick, thanks to Brooklyn finishing with the worst record in the league. The main issue was that the Lakers needed to keep their pick in the upcoming draft.
Boston already obtained first-round picks from Brooklyn in 2014 and 2016.
Pierce, who retired at the end of the season, took to Twitter to acknowledge his hand in the Celtics' lottery fortune.
For the first time in the modern NBA Draft era, the Celtics will have the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. The playoffs have been rather bland by comparison to previous years, and an Eastern Conference finalist had the best odds to win the top pick in the draft.
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On Tuesday night inside a NY hotel, the ping-pong balls smiled upon the Lakers once again. It marked the second time in the last three years that the Lakers have moved up in the draft lottery. This means they now have the ability draft anyone they want, or possibly trade the pick for another superstar, while being a top 3 team in the National Basketball Association.
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.
"I'm excited", 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid said.
Suns GM Ryan McDonough gives his thoughts after the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery. "I wish we would have gotten the No. 1 pick, but we trust the process and it's going to be exciting to see what we're going for". Even the Nets, who had to watch Boston take their no. 1 overall pick, are establishing a culture and have some intriguing young players at multiple positions.
NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, front left, shakes hands with Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, right, after the Celtics won the first pick at the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in NY. A lot of what happens depends on what Philly does with this pick. We're looking for the best player at this point to fill what we need. While Washington guard Markelle Fultz seems most likely to go first, UCLA guard Lonzo Ball (and his annoying father) could also come up in discussions.