Paul Pierce Thinks Celtics Have To Trade The #1 Overall Pick

Sandy Mccarthy
May 19, 2017

The Celtics ended up with the Nets' pick last season, which resulted in Jaylen Brown being picked third overall, but this season they have hit the jackpot.

Texas Longhorns big man Jarrett Allen could be an NBA Draft Lottery pick in June, but NBA insiders are predicting Allen falling out of the Lottery. Boston was 2 for 16 and shot 35 percent overall in the first half. Keeping Fultz or Ball would be a clear signal that Boston intends to move on from Thomas either via trade or letting him walk in 2018 free agency.

Again, the Celtics don't need to make any of those trades. The power forward started 75 games for the Suns this year averaging 9 points a game with four rebounds after being traded to Phoenix by the Kings on draft night last year.

"I want to find a situation that's great for us and great for Jahlil, and if that means him staying here, then that's great", Colangelo said.

"You don't really want to necessarily trade a number one pick in a really good draft for somebody that's halfway through their career, already making max money". The main issue was that the Lakers needed to keep their pick in the upcoming draft. But going back to the financial issue, whether he'd enjoy being in that lineup or not is largely irrelevant as there's nearly no way Boston could afford to make it happen. Pick up the phone, listen to offers, make counter-offers, and send outrageous proposals to teams that inquire about players who are probably untouchable. Next up: The NBA Draft.

So they needed to get a little better, and added another star around Williams, trading for the massive contract of Joe Johnson for five players, yet another first rounder, and two pick swaps in 2014 and 2015 (one of which was Kelly Oubre).

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It was pretty evident up to the draft lottery that the Lakers and the Ball family mutually felt like they would be a good fit. He's a shooting guard, but he is versatile enough to play the point as well if he has to. Fans may not like that.

The Knicks, unfortunately, dropped a spot in their draft position during lottery night, but it isn't all that bad.

Thomas is a free agent after next season. Cleveland had 22 points in the paint in the first, and James scored 15 in the first quarter alone.

The Celtics could also use a slasher, someone who can get to the basket and fight off defenders. The Celtics should take Jackson if they are comfortable with his character.

"If you can acquire a Paul George, Jimmy Butler, or Gordon (Hayward) from Utah, you have to do it", he continued. On Sunday, the Boston Celtics, the top team in the NBA Eastern Conference, won Game 7 and moved on to the Conference Finals. Cleveland certainly won't trade one of its best players to its most risky competitor, and the Bulls and Pacers seem determined to keep Butler and George.

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