Celtics Will Only Trade Top Pick For 'Second Coming'

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They rebounded relatively quickly, however, and then bolstered their squad with the No. 3 overall pick a year ago thanks to Brooklyn.

Now, that alone does not necessarily mean that the Lakers are looking to deal, and given their investment in Russell, they may want to see how he and Ball work together first before they think about any deals. "Now it's our turn 4 years later to take some benefits from the trade".

Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, left, Magic Johnson, president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, center, and Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, right, react after the learning they will get one of the first three picks as the NBA basketball draft lottery is announced, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in NY.

Here's a first look at how The News' Rod Beard projects the first round will shake out.

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

While the Celtics and Lakers were the big winners, it wasn't just those franchises that had a lot at stake last night.

Things can change between now and June, but for the Lakers, it appears just about everything is shaking out right to continue their rebuild. The Sixers, at first, drew the fifth overall pick in the lottery, but, because of the trade, managed to swap picks with the Kings to take the third overall pick instead. The Celtics defeated the Wizards in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday and will now add the No. 1 pick - Washington guard Markelle Fultz, perhaps - to an already talented roster. First off, they went from no. 8 to no. 5.

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NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, front left, shakes hands with Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, right, after the Celtics won the first pick at the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in NY.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are in a prime spot for post-Kobe Bryant redemption as they could walk away with a top young talent or trade that pick along with Jordan Clarkson to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.

The 76ers will pick third, while Phoenix fell two spots and is fourth.

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"That's all we working out for is the Lakers", said LaVar.

Sacramento actually moved up into the top three, but the 76ers had the right to swap with them through terms of a past trade. The New York Knicks are in the midst of a unsafe game with their top players, Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis but after Tuesday, that black hole got wider.

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