Teams calling about D'Angelo Russell after NBA Draft Lottery

Hope Soto
June 1, 2017

In truth, the Lakers already began preparing for the possibility they'd have a top three pick in this year's draft even before actually securing it.

"There's no doubt in my mind whatsoever", LaVar Ball said of the Lakers taking his son with their pick.

The Celtics owned the pick by virtue of a 2013 trade with the Nets, who had the NBA's worst record last season.

It marked the third straight year that the Lakers landed the No.2 pick in the draft. As now constructed, the Lakers have Russell, Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson as their prominent backcourt players - with Russell and Clarkson being two of their brightest prospects on the roster.

The funniest scenario here, of course, would be Boston picking Lonzo Ball, which seems like something that would enrage the Lakers braintrust and plenty of fans.

The Raptors traded a first-round pick and a second this year to Orlando in the Serge Ibaka trade, but Toronto still owns the 23rd selection.

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The Nuggets have never had a top-two pick in the draft. Each team entered the night with hopes of snagging the No.1 overall pick, but in the end, it was the Celtics who got the top prize.

'It's two completely different situations, ' Celtic executive Danny Ainge said on Tuesday night after the team won the National Basketball Association draft lottery. The front office in Boston liked what it saw from the team's core players, and the Celtics were clearly right to keep things together, as proven by the fact that the Celtics finished the regular season with the best record in the East. The Suns traded their 2017 Lakers pick to the Sixers, and the Magic held onto theirs. They are expected to draft either Ball or Fultz depending on Boston Celtics' No. 1 overall selection.

"I think there's been a lot of discussion about that", Colangelo said at the team's training facility. New Orleans traded the pick to Sacramento in the deal involving DeMarcus Cousins at the trade deadline.

And the Lakers will get a chance to take one of them after beating the odds to move up in their first year with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson as their team president.

The Lakers, meanwhile, can breathe easy.

LAKERS: Nash and Dwight Howard were on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2012 after the Lakers acquired the two stars in separate trades, but Nash made it through just 65 games over two seasons because of back problems.

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