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


The Celtics won the lottery Tuesday night to continue another wonderful basketball springtime in Boston, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago. Unless you have been living in a cave, you have heard of Lonzo Ball's desire to play for the Lakers, who now seem destined to take him at #2, but might the Lakers trade the #2 pick in a deal for an established superstar in Paul George, who has Los Angeles roots? In all, the Sixers would give up a good amount of players and picks, but they would manage to draft Washington's Markelle Fultz, a dynamic point guard who can shoot from anywhere on the floor and play off the ball as well.

Editor's note: SportsDay's Eddie Sefko recently wrote a series of columns chronicling the Mavericks' NBA draft lottery picks. The 76ers will also receive the Lakers' 2018 first round draft pick and the Kings' 2019 first-rounder with no protections.

For the first time in the modern NBA Draft era, the Celtics will have the first overall pick in the NBA Draft.

The Celtics had the best of odds or receiving the No. 1 pick at 25 percent, and the ping-pong balls bouncing Boston's way completed a memorable two-day stretch for the storied franchise.

After the season that the Phoenix Suns endured, Suns fans were hoping that the tide would turn with a top two pick in the upcoming National Basketball Association draft.

Therefore, using the trade finder within NBA 2K17, here are three potential trade packages the Lakers can receive for the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The offer above would most likely be the best offer they'd receive unless some team is stupid and offers their entire roster (Cough-cough Lakers).

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"I'm excited", 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid said.

The 2017 NBA Draft Lottery has come and gone, and it is safe to say the Phoenix Suns had a night to forget after slipping to number four on the draft board. "We got fourth and personally, I'm good with it", McDonough added.

'And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out No 1 pick, ' Pierce wrote on Twitter, followed by some celebratory emojis.

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. The next question for team executives, therefore, is whether to keep the pick or trade it to a proven veteran? Comment and let us know!

After landing the No. 2 overall pick, Los Angeles is widely expected to draft UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball. Thanks to an awfully lopsided trade concocted by Lord Sam Hinkie in 2015, Philadelphia had the rights to swap picks with the Kings.