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Markelle Fultz: Fultz says he can coexist with Thomas

Markelle Fultz: Fultz says he can coexist with Thomas

Former Boston Celtics coach, general manager and president Red Auerbach used to start puffing his cigar when a victory was in hand.

"Game last night, Game 7, a tough Washington team".

Otto Graham, a Cleveland quarterback in the 1950's, took his teams to 10 straight championship games! The Magic won the lottery and drafted Shaq. It's not an ideal situation, to say the least, but the front office knew the rebuild would be somewhat hard.

"There's been a lot of discussion about that", Colangelo said on Wednesday at the Sixers practice facility.

Indeed, most mock drafts conducted since the lottery still have the Suns taking Jackson, except with the No. 4 pick instead of No. 2. So they sort of strong-armed, forced a trade to the Giants.

"We have plenty of time to decide what to do, but I would imagine we'll make the pick", Grousbeck said. I didn't look that up to confirm, but I'm pretty confident that it's never happened before, so I'm going to throw it out there.

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. "We are not going to jump ahead of ourselves". And so our intention would be to make the pick unless someone blows us away with an offer.

The Celtics were going to be in prime position no matter how the Ping-Pong balls bounced in a hotel ballroom Tuesday. The Lakers' off-season is fascinating because it marks their best opportunity in years to lay the groundwork for a competitive team.

Unfortunately, the Knicks slipped from having the seventh-best lottery odds in the 2017 NBA Draft to securing the No. 8 overall selection. Minnesota snapped that streak by getting eventual Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015 and Philadelphia emerged with Ben Simmons last season. Holding the rights to Brooklyn's first-round draft pick from the 2013 trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets, they won the lottery and will take the top pick for the first time since 1950.

The Sacramento Kings rounded out the top five. The Lakers only get to keep the pick they dealt to Phoenix as part of the deal if it lands inside the top three on Tuesday — and there's about a 53 percent chance it won't.

Paul Pierce believes the Celtics should trade the No. 1 pick for a superstar. "You can't bring him to L.A., he ain't ready for this".

I think we can all agree. Then, when it was announced the Kings would have the fifth pick, Embiid clearly was trying to work through exactly what that meant.

In all fairness, however, I can not explain why the New York Knicks dropped to eight overall behind the Minnesota Timberwolves despite being tied in odds. Charlotte is No. 11, with Detroit, Denver and Miami rounding out the 14 lottery spots.