Why NBA Analyst Believes Celtics Were Biggest Losers Of Draft Lottery

Why NBA Analyst Believes Celtics Were Biggest Losers Of Draft Lottery

But watching a small market whose superstar (Anthony Davis) screwed them midseason with a trade demand get lucky and gifted with another superstar was pretty cool. Though with Brown an extension-eligible player and Tatum not far behind, New Orleans would have to factor in the cost of re-singing those players in any trade with the Celtics. Let's take a dive with this mock draft.

David Griffin, the New Orleans Pelicans' executive vice president of basketball operations for less than a month, remained composed for the photos. But with the third pick, they'll be in a position to draft a promising rookie (likely either thrilling point guard Ja Morant or Canadian sensation R.J. Barrett), and still have the cap space and allure to draw marquee free agents such as oh, I don't know, Kevin Durant. The Knicks' players seem to be less valuable than the Lakers' or the Celtics', but NY could potentially put together the most valuable offer if it includes future first-rounders.

As the first pick in the 2019 draft, Williamson would be entitled to a guaranteed two-year contract worth an estimated $20 million, according to calculations by Spotrac.

By virtue of the Lakers picking up the No. 4 pick in the upcoming draft, Los Angeles added a valuable trade trip in its quest for Davis. Select a player? Or package the pick for a veteran to help LeBron now?

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For the first time in league history, the restructured lottery system evened the odds so that the three teams with the fewest wins shared a 14-percent chance at winning the top pick on Tuesday. It stayed out of the top five spots and will convey to the Hawks in 2019 as the No. 10 overall pick.

"This is an incredible situation", Griffin later told reporters.

- Spotrac (@spotrac) May 15, 2019If Anthony Davis trade request stands, wonder if the Pelicans would have interest in re-pairing Barrett with Zion. It means teams like the Grizzlies and Pelicans who are in the middle of the bottom pack now can hope for more luck with ping-pong balls.

Of course, our own Josh Katzenstein had one idea for a Davis trade that might go over well in New Orleans.