Sport Celtics wanted to trade Isaiah Thomas for lottery pick in 2016 NBA Draft

20:10  19 may  2017
20:10  19 may  2017 Source:   Sporting News

NBA Draft lottery results 2017: Celtics come out on top; Lakers, 76ers bump Suns out of top three

  NBA Draft lottery results 2017: Celtics come out on top; Lakers, 76ers bump Suns out of top three For the first time in modern draft history, the Celtics took home the top pick after they won the 2017 lottery. Even though Boston is currently in the running for an NBA championship, the Celtics had the best chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick at 25 percent thanks to their 2013 blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry going to the Nets — the gift that keeps on giving.In a slight twist, the Suns dropped from an expected top-three pick to No. 4, and the Lakers and 76ers rounded out the second and third spots in the draft order, respectively.

Boston acquired Isaiah Thomas . ^ June 28, 2012: Philadelphia 76ers to Miami Heat,[24][25]. Miami acquired draft rights to Justin Hamilton and a conditional future first round pick (protected top 14 in "Sixers win NBA lottery for top pick ; Lakers get No. 2, Celtics No. 3". ESPN. Retrieved May 17, 2016 .

Tags: 2016 NBA Draft , Boston Celtics , NBA Draft lottery . “I think in retrospect trading Isaiah Thomas when we did was a mistake,” McDonough, a former Celtics assistant GM, said of the Thomas trade .

Isaiah Thomas' huge 2016-2017 season with the Celitcs almost never was, according to Jackie MacMullan.

On the Bob Ryan Boston Podcast, MacMullan said general manager Danny Ainge unsuccessfully offered the All-Star point guard for a second lottery pick in last year's draft.

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"Before the draft last year, Danny [Ainge] was trying to get two picks, not just Jaylen Brown," MacMullan said. "He was on the phone with everybody from coast-to-coast, and he was offering everybody. That includes Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas, and anything else they needed to get where he wanted to go. There was no untouchables on that team last year."

Isaiah Thomas weighs in on whether he and potential top pick Markelle Fultz could play together

  Isaiah Thomas weighs in on whether he and potential top pick Markelle Fultz could play together The Celtics are expected to take Fultz with the No. 1 pickWhile the Boston Celtics focus on trying to find an answer for LeBron James and the Cavaliers, the Celtics’ front office also has one eye on its future after landing the No. 1 pick in Tuesday’s lottery. Many believe former Washington point guard Markelle Fultz is the best player available, but that means Boston selecting a prospect who plays the same position as its current franchise cornerstone Isaiah Thomas.

February 19th, 2015, the Boston Celtics acquire Isaiah Thomas in exchange for Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round pick . That first-round selection was used by Phoenix to draft Skal Labissiere.

Atlanta Hawks Basketball Roster 2016 . Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart. New York Knicks NBA Draft 2015. Boston Celtics Team Payroll. Acquired via sign and trade with Kings. Lakers or Celtics Trade Draft . moves this off-. has been talked about as a potential trade option for.

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The Celtics drafted Jaylen Brown with the third pick in that draft, amid speculation that they would either pick Kris Dunn or trade for Jimmy Butler.

MacMullan said she believes the only untouchable on the Celtics right now is Al Horford, who Boston signed last offseason to a max contract.

Boston currently faces an interesting decision regarding whether or not to give Thomas a max contract extension. Thomas is an elite scorer, but a defensive liability at 5-9, and the Celtics hold the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, where point guard Markelle Fultz widelly viewed top prospect.

Isaiah Thomas willing to pass on payday this year to better Celtics .
There might be no one on the Boston Celtics that should be more nervous than Isaiah Thomas. He saw how the Celtics played without him in Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, and he surely has heard the trade talks involving him in recent days.But what Thomas is thinking about right now is how his Celtics can get better, and he said in an interview Friday that he was willing to forego a big payday in the near future if it meant signing one or two big free agents."We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that," Thomas said, via ESPN.

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