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Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win

Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win

But will he work out for the Celtics, who have the #1 pick?

The 2017 NBA Draft order was finalized on Tuesday night after the draft lottery, as the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers walked away with the top three picks.

The only thing that could possibly make this week better for Boston would be a Wednesday night victory over the Cavs in Game One.

According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics' ownership of the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft would make a trade for either superstar unlikely. During the lottery, the Celtics secured rights to the No. 1 pick (thanks to Brooklyn).

Rumors have it that the Celtics love Markelle Fultz, and believe he can play alongside Isaiah Thomas, but might the Celtics dangle the top pick in the draft and see if the Pacers or Bulls bite on it and give up George or Butler? "Just the Lakers. There's nobody else that we need to workout for". Each team entered the night with hopes of snagging the No.1 overall pick, but in the end, it was the Celtics who got the top prize. They had approximately an 18% percent shot of getting in the top three.

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The pick comes courtesy of the Brooklyn Nets, who sent the Celtics a boatload of picks in exchange for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Bring him in before the max salaries kick in years later.

I think they should at least consider it. And now we squeeze in the lottery and win the pick. "It's good to be at 3 and we're excited about the pick".

Now, the Celtics get their choice from a guard-heavy field of talent. They moved up one spot to No. 2, but if the pick had fallen outside the top three, the Philadelphia 76ers would have received the selection.

The Phoenix Suns had the second-best odds, 19.9 percent, of landing the top overall pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft. First of all, you have to match the money in the trade, so you've got to add significant additional players on our side to go just to sort of match the money, so it's three or four guys going and one guy coming back. Throwing in the 2018 Nets pick gives in a chance at the top player next year, which would most likely be Michael Porter Jr.

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. NY is a little bigger than Minnesota, so that gives me hope that, at the very least, the later selections are not as rigged as the top three to five.

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