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

Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck smiles after the learning the Celtics were awarded the No. 1 pick in the NBA basketball draft, at the draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in NY.

The Boston Celtics are trying to go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick. Game tomorrow against a tough Cleveland team.

The Celtics obtained the pick from the Nets in 2013 and had a 25 percent of getting the top pick.

The timing was flawless for the Celtics, as Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league. He'd complement Ben Simmons well, but this trade seems highly unlikely, especially since Fultz is a highly touted prospect and the Celtics probably want him just as bad as anyone else does. Instead they have plenty of great options to work with. In 2015-16, the Nets lost 61 games and fired King along with coach Lionel Hollins in January.

"It's busy", Grousbeck said. "This is what Brooklyn wanted to do, wanted to go all on it, chase a championship". If any of those teams traded their picks away, like the Nets, they are out of luck. In 2018, Boston also will have Brooklyn's first round pick.

"I brought my best suit, my ring, my jive chain, my just didn't work", he said.

The 19-year-old All-American averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and six rebounds per game in 36 college contests for the Bruins. "Obviously, we would've loved to be in the top two or three, but it was what I expected", Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said. They rebounded relatively quickly, however, and then bolstered their squad with the No. 3 overall pick past year thanks to Brooklyn. He is a tremendous guard and would be able to play well with fellow Washington alum Isaiah Thomas.

More news: "I thought I was the correct candidate".

Securing the No. 2 overall pick clears the way for the Lakers to likely select UCLA point guard and Chino Hills, Calif. native Lonzo Ball, which could render Russell's skillset somewhat redundant.

While Boston was going to get a top-four pick, the Los Angeles Lakers had to sweat out the lottery. If they had fallen out of the top three, they would have lost their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando in addition to seeing their pick in this year's draft disappear. But the Lakers already have a young point guard in D'Angelo Russell, who they drafted with the No. 2 pick two years ago.

For the Philadelphia 76ers, it should not even be a question: the time is now.

"The pain that we've all gone through, the pain of losing is real". This has been a regular exercise in futility for the Sacramento Kings.

The Magic got the sixth pick, followed by the Timberwolves, the Knicks and the Mavericks.

PELICANS: New Orleans made a big move in February when it acquired DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento, and now the Pelicans will figure out how costly it was.

  • Tabitha Byrd