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Paul Pierce Thinks Celtics Have To Trade The #1 Overall Pick

19 May 2017

By looking at the available options, the 27-year-old star may decide it's time to join Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics in the East to help them try to defeat Cleveland.

ESPN has already reported that Fultz is the clear choice for the Celtics if they keep the pick instead of trading it to acquire a star such as Paul George or Jimmy Butler. "One is a lot about the future, and one is in the present".

It was fun to hear Embiid speak this way, but for the Sixers and their fans, another expectation is more pressing and concerning: whether Embiid will be with the team, in the lineup, all season.

Tuesday night the Los Angeles Lakers earned the rights to the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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"This is pretty good", said Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck.

This week couldn't get much better for the Boston Celtics. 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. "It felt just like winning Game 7 last night", Grousbeck told reporters. Cleveland led by double digits the final three quarters and by 20 for almost half the game. They rebounded relatively quickly, however, and then bolstered their squad with the No. 3 overall pick previous year thanks to Brooklyn. I hope it happens.

King will probably be mocked once again a year from now, when the Celtics - again - get Brooklyn's first-round pick.

It was allegedly a sad day four years ago when the Celtics dealt away both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets for four first round picks.

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Vogel, who admitted to feeling "awkward" on the dais for the made-for-TV portion of the NBA Draft Lottery because of the tension of the teams, said there's no reason why the Magic can't mine the draft for an elite player with the No. 6 pick. Thomas was the last overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 draft. Boston going to take Markelle Fultz, he's a good player.

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Ainge said the lottery victory, coupled with the team's playoff run, vindicates his decision to hold onto the pick rather than use it as a bargaining chip at the trade deadline. "But sometimes you have to make your own luck, which we believe we haven't done enough of".