Paul Pierce wants the Celtics to trade the No. 1 draft pick


"We're going to evaluate the players and who they are as players", Pelinka said. For Wizards fans, it's a devastating reminder of what could have been if Horford had chosen to play for Washington instead of Boston last summer; for Celtics fans, it's a complete justification of Horford's four-year max contract in year one. Not only would they have lost that selection, but they would also have lost the 2019 pick to the Orlando Magic too.

Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins, left, and Josh Jackson of Kansas respond to questions during an interview before the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in NY. The 2 most storied franchises in National Basketball Association history took the top 2 spots in the lottery, Boston first and LA second.

NY made three consecutive postseason appearances between 2011 and 2013, but it now has four consecutive years without a postseason appearance to show for its decision to trade away draft picks.

While the top options are guards, Ainge was quick to note that the team won't pick based on who fits best next to All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas.

Luwawu-Cabarrot averaged 16.7 points, 2.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in the Sixers' final nine games last season. Now, we have a better idea of where Texas Longhorns big man Jarrett Allen might land in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Also, the superstar will be paid a lot of money, which means the team will hit the luxury tax if the money is counted against the cap. Now we wait to see how much he impressed teams who are drafting 1-14 in the NBA Draft Lottery. I don't know what's happening here. While there was luck involved (see: ping pong balls) in getting the first pick, you have to put yourself in position for that luck.

"And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out #1 pick", Pierce wrote on Twitter, following by some celebratory emojis. That said, the model gives Monk just a 25 percent chance of being a bust, which is the second-smallest figure in this draft for a guard after Lonzo Ball.

The draft is considered a strong one, loaded with talented point guards such as Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and De'Aaron Fox.

When asked after Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery in NY if he's looking for a contract extension this summer, Embiid made a face indicating he didn't like the question and declined to comment.

Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough answers a question during an NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Phoenix. "It just feels like this is a pick we will listen to offers, I'm sure, we will have conversations all the way thru June but, for me, making a first pick is an exciting prospect right now". It could happen, and if it does it probably happens at the NBA Draft. Bring him in before the max salaries kick in years later. I like action. But we have a good group of guys around us. When talking about Steve Clifford, Rich added that "I think he has done a really good job".