Now they have the No. 1 seed, the No. 1 pick, and, since the Nets get nothing to help themselves, a good chance at another top three pick next season. In the NFL, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, the worst team gets the best draft choice and so on. That would mean the Celtics would have to move a few rotational players to make the numbers meet, along with a potential franchise player.
Obviously if Karl Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis, or the Greek Freak are on the table, you pick up the phone. To be honest, while I'd like to optimistically buy in to my own silver lining that I've proposed here, I actually wouldn't be all that surprised if the Celtics forego moving the pick. The timing couldn't have worked out better, as the Nets tumbled all the way to the worst record in the National Basketball Association this season.
Markelle Fultz is pretty much universally rated as the top prospect in this year's draft. At 6'5 with a 6'9 wingspan, he has the size to play or defend either backcourt spot.
After his single season with the Nets, Pierce signed with the Washington Wizards the very next summer and spent the following two years in Los Angeles with the Clippers before calling it a career after a first-round playoff exit against Utah earlier this month.
"Again, there's just a lot of good fortune", Ainge said on Tuesday, in the understatement of the year.
And then there's the 76ers, finally glimpsing daylight from the collapsed mine shaft they've inhabited for half a decade, with Embiid as their hub, the rookie power forward Dario Saric as another chip and Ben Simmons, last year's draft prize, the first selection overall, set to debut next season after sitting this one out with an injury. "That's just a hard trade to make", he said, according to WBZ News' Adam Kaufman. Orlando lost the 2019 Los Angeles Lakers pick with Los Angeles landing the second pick. NY is a little bigger than Minnesota, so that gives me hope that, at the very least, the later selections are not as rigged as the top three to five.
Trade for a star right now and you are locking into an immediate window at the expense of the future.
Trading the pick is an option as well. "There's a lot of good fortune that's come our way".
The Magic did not get the ideal scenario for sure, even if they got the statistically probable one.
Aside from Noah Vonleh, who was traded a year after being drafted, every player that Charlotte picked in the lottery since 2011 is still on the roster (Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky). I think we need more depth at the point guard position. I don't know how truly appealing adding a number one overall pick to the mix would be for Hayward, but more than anything it would allow Boston to still have the cap space to comfortably add him as a free agent.
In short, let's not overthink this.
"You see, you don't know what's been going on in L.A. They've been like 'Oh my god, we blew it,"' Johnson said.