When you have a team climb into the top three, there's always a team that gets bumped out of the top three. One spot surely won't make a difference, especially for the targets they reportedly want.
"That felt pretty good", Grousbeck said after the draft lottery results were revealed. "It's a good time to be a Celtics fan. We could get a little help for tomorrow night".
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers found out that they had kept their top-three protected draft pick, moving up to the second overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft. "We're not really focused on the outside noise and what they think we're going to.We're just going to take care of business as we go".
With Hayward possibly on the open market, Boston would be able to bring in a top-tier talent without having to give up any assets.
Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is guilty for this one, trading away several assets four years ago to acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce among a massive deal with Boston.
After all, it was Hinkie who orchestrated a trade with the Sacramento Kings - a heist, rather - obtaining Nik Stauskas, a protected first-rounder, and swap rights to the Kings' first-round pick this year just to absorb the salaries on Carl Landry and Jason Thompson. And having the No. 1 pick this year, and potentially the No. 1 overall pick again next year with Brooklyn's pick again, he doesn't have to take that kind of a risk. "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".
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But the Celtics' choice is not important; L.A. got exactly what it needed this year.
However, Draft Express' Jonathan Givony says that while Ball is the "heavy favorite" to be picked No. 2, LA is also debating another point guard: Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox.
While the draft itself is not until June 22, rumors and mock drafts have already hinted that the Lakers may be thinking about selecting UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball with their pick.
The Boston Celtics now hold the first overall selection in this year's NBA Draft - a pick they likely will not hold on to. The timing couldn't have worked out better, as the Nets tumbled all the way to the worst record in the National Basketball Association this season. "I found it somewhat interesting, but not enough to jump and make a decision today".
The Magic got the sixth pick, followed by the Timberwolves, the Knicks and the Mavericks.
PhoenixSuns guard Devin Booker listens as the results of the NBA basketball draftlottery are announced, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in NY.