Lakers turn attention to scheduling workouts with top players

Lakers turn attention to scheduling workouts with top players

Lakers turn attention to scheduling workouts with top players

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Steve Nash are gone, though on Tuesday they won't be forgotten.

Not only are they fighting for a chance to upend the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, they were also awarded the No. 1 overall pick in this summer's NBA Draft. "Game last night, Game 7, a tough Washington team". Game 2 is on Friday night before the series shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4.

After the lottery ended, Pierce wrote on twitter: "And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out #1 pick". This means they now have the ability draft anyone they want, or possibly trade the pick for another superstar, while being a top 3 team in the National Basketball Association.

When Philadelphia 76ers hired Sam Hinkie to be their general manager in 2013, he immediately embarked on a three-year quest to dismantle the team and acquire as many premium draft picks as possible.

The Philadelphia Sixers have had a pick in the top-three for four consecutive years.

It gives them the flexibility to make moves and guarantees them another shot at selecting a future All-Star, especially considering they have no second-round pick in this year's draft and no first-rounder in 2018.

Lonzo Ball's decision to skip a workout with the Boston Celtics, who hold the No. 1 pick, could have major financial implications.

The timing was flawless for the Celtics, as Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league. 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? "We jumped up one more spot".

The Celtics were going to be in prime position no matter how the pingpong balls bounced in a hotel ballroom Tuesday. Hinkie knew it would not be easy for the team's diehard fans to endure such a painful rebuild, but he famously implored them to "trust the process". "There's a lot of good feelings around the Celtics right now". Many questions still remain: will the Celtics take Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball, or perhaps Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum?

While Boston was going to get a top-four pick, the Los Angeles Lakers had to sweat out the lottery. If the Lakers fall out of the top three, their pick goes to the 76ers, who would get it from Phoenix per terms of a three-team trade with Milwaukee at the 2015 deadline.

Not only that, but they would have had to trade their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando if that happened, so Johnson was all smiles even after finishing behind the rival Celtics.

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