Bryan Colangelo believes the Philadelphia 76ers will be able to land a talented, skilled player with the No. 3 overall pick in the June 22 NBA Draft.
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Steve Nash are gone, though on Tuesday they won't be forgotten.
The Celtics had just one day off after eliminating the Washington Wizards in Game 7 of the conference semifinals - but what a day it was.
After the lottery ended, Pierce wrote on twitter: "And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out #1 pick".
"I have to be in attack mode, just put the pressure on the defense, see what happens".
Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck smiles after the learning the Celtics were awarded the No. 1 pick in the NBA basketball draft, at the draft lottery Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in NY.
While teams like the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, and Dallas Mavericks failed to gain any ground, they can take solace in the fact that they are in a better position than the Knicks heading into the Draft.
The Philadelphia Sixers have had a pick in the top-three for four consecutive years.
Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo is now faced with the same question that his predecessor dealt with, albeit at a different stage of the rebuild: best player available or drafting with fit in mind.
The Boston Celtics get to pick first in the NBA Draft this year.
One of those trades could be to the Sacremento Kings, swapping the first overall pick for the fifth and tenth - giving the Celtics depth, something they need. With a third overall pick, a healthy Embiid, and a healthy Ben Simmons, will this team finally be able to get over the hump and get into the playoffs?
Amid all the conspiracy theories surrounding the NBA's lottery over the years, there hasn't been much room for shadiness and extracurricular speculation when it comes to the 12th lottery spot.
For the time this season, we have the complete draft order (barring trades) solidified so we can make mock drafts based on a concrete order. He's going to thrive with the ball in his hands.
While Boston was going to get a top-four pick, the Los Angeles Lakers had to sweat out the lottery.
Boston already obtained first-round picks from Brooklyn in 2014 and 2016.