-Mannix suggested the best way for the Celtics to try to catch the Cavaliers is to build a roster "organically, and you can do that, and by next year be a team that's so much improved that you are a real threat".
A general view of the podium and stage before the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.
The Boston Celtics can benefit in a big way from trading two former champions, while the Los Angeles Lakers hope a failed trade for one point guard won't cost them a shot at another.
In the weeks leading up to the June 22 draft, there could be any number of trades, with individual workouts allowing teams to get a better gauge of players who may not have worked out at the draft combine last week or executives getting their first up-close look.
And Danny Ainge is enjoying them both. He showed great instincts in the pick-and-roll, proved he could create his own offense off the dribble, and flashed the ability to make game-changing plays on the defensive end. They will have two first round draft picks which are vital to a rebuilding team.
It wouldn't be that surprising if the Hornets chose to move their pick considering that they traded the 22nd overall selection in the first round (Malachi Richardson) to the Sacramento Kings past year.More news: Trump to give speech on Islamic faith in Saudi Arabia
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When Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry - remember him? - showed up in Brooklyn one month after then-Nets general manager Billy King mortgaged the foreseeable future for their services, the move was created to get the franchise back to the NBA Finals for the first time since they made back-to-back trips there in 2002-03.
Rubbing the salt in even deeper, the Celtics are among the best young teams in the National Basketball Association already, and were primed to kick off the Eastern Conference Finals on their home floor against the defending National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. If the Celtics take Markelle Fultz, what does that mean for the future of Isaiah Thomas in Boston?
The Celtics had a 25 percent chance to get the top pick, thanks to Brooklyn finishing with the worst record in the league. I think the chemistry would be awesome. I just love the game and I think I'm versatile enough to play the 1 or 2.
"I can play with anybody", Thomas said. So I think that's, even going back to college, my first couple of years I was off the ball. I have a feeling that it could work out very well in both the short term and the long haul.
Again, this is a great problem for the Celtics to have. Like I said, I just want to do whatever I have to do to make the team win.