Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pick

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Either way, when paired with their young core of Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram, the Lakers have a lot to be excited about. He also might not stay in L.A.as a result of this development.

Ball is a true point guard who led all of Division I in assists per game (7.6). The Celtics won 25 games in the first season after the trade but their win total has improved in each of the next three seasons, culminating in getting the top seed in the Eastern Conference this season.

Normally, when a superstar player announces at the start of the season that it will be his last, he receives a slew of retirement gifts. What makes things more interesting in that regard is that both Ball and his father, LaVar Ball, have made it clear that they have a strong desire to remain in Los Angeles.

Move in a different direction by drafting someone else, perhaps F Josh Jackson, F Jayson Tatum or one of the Kentucky guards, De'Aaron Fox or Malik Monk. "We have that ability to gather information and intel kind of peer-to-peer, player-to-player that other teams may not have", McDonough said.

"We don't have any regrets", McDonough said, "but, yeah, we obviously hope we're not in that position and I think that will be a good motivating factor for all of us, players, coaches, staff to make sure we're not in that position again; and hopefully we're competing for the playoffs a year from now". 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 Celtics could go the other direction too. I'm going with the middle ground.

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The basics of this deal would certainly be newsworthy. Depending on the free agents signed, that could also mean Jae Crowder plays a role outside the starting five. "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". It's not as though he wasn't given a chance to play, either.

The risk for the Bulls is they won't get any stars at all.

Still, only surrendering one first rounder instead of two, even with the added value of a pair of second rounders, is by far the lesser of two evils. They now must surrender their 2018 first-round pick to Philadelphia as well as a second-round pick in 2017 and 2018 to the Orlando Magic.

The Knicks are in dire need of a point guard, and they liked Russell on draft night. It's tough to figure out how, but it's plausible. However, prior to the deadline, Boston merely had a chance of receiving the top pick at that time, so potential trade partners backed off. To make matters worse, the Celtics have the Nets first round pick in 2018 as well. We know they won't part with Kristaps Porzingis, so just punt on that idea.

George had his interests on moving to the Lakers expressed, and with L.A. earning the No. 2 pick in this year's draft, it might move on him nearly as hard as Boston can, minus one draft spot. That aspiration might depend on who is available with the No. 8 pick. "Hopefully somebody who can contribute this next year". "And Ben Simmons, he's a guy that's looked like a great player for a long time". But the hype surrounding UCLA's Lonzo Ball isn't going away, either. He can play 2-guard. "He's a scorer, and he's a great off-the-ball player as well". He's a physical player who throws his body around and isn't afraid to mix things up despite his lanky frame. The Pacers will, at the very least, consider trade offers so they can get something in return now rather than risk being left empty-handed if he departs in a year.

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