Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Celtics, Lakers, 76ers have plenty riding on the National Basketball Association lottery


Unfortunately for Boston, all three of those teams are in the same conference.

While some question if Fultz and Celtics star Isaiah Thomas could co-exist in the same backcourt, Fultz says that wouldn't be an issue at all if Boston does indeed select him. "If the situation is it's a good price for him and the team to be extended, you look into that (then)".

NBA Draft lottery luck didn't just provide the Sixers with another big-time asset.

Earning the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft might've been expected for die-hard Phoenix Suns fans who know the team's history of never winning the lottery (to be fair, many of those years they weren't in consideration as a playoff team).

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This wasn't necessarily surprising as the Nets finished with the worst record in the league, meaning that the Celtics, who owned their pick, had the best chance of any team to finish with the number one selection (25 percent odds). However, the more I thought about it, the more I thought that this could actually have a bit of a silver lining for the Jazz.

With the Lakers moving up to No. 2 and the Celtics getting the top pick, there isn't much maneuvering to be done - just a choice of whether the Celtics might trade the pick to improve with a veteran or keep the pick and deal with the fallout later. Yet, as often is the case at the deadline, no such blockbuster arrangements were made and the C's held onto their picks. And with this being the case, the Celtics could very well find themselves with more suitors than ever.

What should Boston do with the #1 pick? The Celtics have been chasing after the likes of Kevin Love, Paul George and Jimmy Butler for a couple seasons now, and they have the ammo to make a move.

Thomas wouldn't divulge the full nature of their conversations but said Fultz is excited for the possibility of being the top pick and playing in Boston.

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"I don't think I would max him out because you can wait for restricted free agency", said an National Basketball Association source.

"We have plenty of time to decide what to do, but I would imagine we'll make the pick", Grousbeck said. I don't think the Frenchmen Frank Ntilikina will be off the board yet, and the likelihood that one, if not both, of D'Aaron Fox and Dennis Smith Jr. will be available too.

The move makes flawless sense and would allow Russell, still just 21, to grow with fellow youngsters Joel Embiid, Simmons and Dario Saric.

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