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Paul Pierce says Celtics should trade No. 1 overall pick

Boston MA USA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James drives against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown during the first quarter in game one of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit Gr Paul Pierce says Celtics should trade No. 1 overall pick
Rita Gibson | 19 May, 2017, 18:04

1 seed and the No. 1 pick. So Danny Ainge took what everything he could get for the group.

A day after winning the National Basketball Association draft lottery and earning the right to the No. 1 overall pick, the Celtics were reminded of the gap between them and the defending National Basketball Association champion Cavaliers when Cleveland opened the Eastern Conference finals with a 117-104 victory on Wednesday night. Pick up the phone, listen to offers, make counter-offers, and send outrageous proposals to teams that inquire about players who are probably untouchable.

He may not be the splashy pick at No. 5, but could be a good fit there trying for a Sacramento Kings team trying to fill the void left by DeMarcus Cousins.

This wasn't necessarily surprising as the Nets finished with the worst record in the league, meaning that the Celtics, who owned their pick, had the best chance of any team to finish with the number one selection (25 percent odds). So while it might seem as if the Celtics could be looking to capitalize on a narrow window to win a championship, there's also a great chance that they'll instead plan to build for a long and prosperous future. "It's pretty unbelievable", said Wyc Grousbeck, a Celtics owner who represented them on stage. "Game last night, Game 7, a tough Washington team". Game tomorrow against a tough Cleveland team. "We're excited about the pick". If you don't know what I'm talking about.

The Celtics should not trade the top overall pick.

James, Love help Cavaliers rout Celtics in Game 1 of East finals
The Celtics finished 12 of 38 (31.6 percent) from long distance, while the Cavs were 11 of 31 (35.5 percent). The teams are a combined 19-0 in this postseason, the first time two teams ever started one playoff year 9-0.

While the Celtics got back: Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans, and the Nets 2014, 2016 AND 2018 first round picks, PLUS the ability to swap in 2017.

What we do know, is that Paul George didn't make an All-NBA team so he isn't eligible for a super-max contract extension next offseason.

The Knicks had been hoping to land one of the top three point guards, and Jackson reportedly had meetings with both Fultz and Fox at the NBA Combine last week. This is, without question, the lowest point in the 28-year history of the Magic, and it's absolutely imperative that you get it right and hit a home run in the draft. Start the rumors of George leaving in free agency, Pacers trading him, Pacers somehow extending George like the Thunder did a year ago with Russell Westbrook after Kevin Durant bolted for Golden State.

The Boston Celtics, in my opinion, will keep the #1 pick and select Fultz.

Editor's note: SportsDay's Eddie Sefko recently wrote a series of columns chronicling the Mavericks' NBA draft lottery picks. In case, you haven't seen it or need a refresher, there ya go. It's hard for me to be patient. "I'm going to say it again, in English, speak it into existence". "It was hard, because it's very tempting". A lot of people think the Sixers "control the draft" from their position, and whatever option they take should impact everyone else directly below them.


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