The Celtics, of course, gave up their top guys in the trade, so they had to play the waiting game. "With a team like that, the defending champions, you can't let them hit first. Now it's our turn 4 years later to take some benefits from the trade".
Not only are they fighting for a chance to upend the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, they were also awarded the No. 1 overall pick in this summer's NBA Draft.
Not only that, but they would have had to trade their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando if that happened, so Johnson was all smiles even after finishing behind the rival Celtics.
It was pretty evident up to the draft lottery that the Lakers and the Ball family mutually felt like they would be a good fit. "It felt like winning Game Seven last night".
Regardless of what happens in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics are in a insane good position.
The Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat will get the final four lottery picks. If they want to win a championship with the current core led by Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford, they may have to trade the No. 1 pick to land a star player that can put them over the top right now. Both players went to the University of Washington.More news: UK's Conservatives to support shale energy, cap household energy tariffs
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The Los Angeles Lakers have had an anxious couple of months leading into the 2017 NBA Draft.
Meanwhile, the Lakers are in a prime spot for post-Kobe Bryant redemption as they could walk away with a top young talent or trade that pick along with Jordan Clarkson to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.
The Los Angeles Lakers got the second pick, and the Philadelphia 76ers will select third in the June 22 draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Philadelphia 76ers could draft Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the third overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft. "There really was no way to walk out of here disappointed given the possible outcomes we faced".
"That's all we working out for is the Lakers", LaVar said. Bringing in De'Aaron Fox at fifth overall would be a great acquisition, and with the tenth pick the Kings could bring in a big man such as Jarrett Allen out of Texas. It will be New York's second lottery pick since 2009-an odd reality given the fact it's missed the playoffs in five of the past eight seasons.
In all fairness, however, I can not explain why the New York Knicks dropped to eight overall behind the Minnesota Timberwolves despite being tied in odds.