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The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.
For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.
1. Philadelphia 76ers
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)
4. Phoenix Suns
5. Minnesota Timberwolves
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)
8. Sacramento Kings
9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)
10. Milwaukee Bucks
11. Orlando Magic
12. Utah Jazz
13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)
14. Chicago Bulls
Kelly Olynyk underwent a successful right shoulder arthroscopy for recurrent subluxations on Monday.
He will begin an immediate rehabilitation program and the time frame for his return to basketball activities has not yet been determined.
Olynyk, who completed his third year with the team, averaged 10.0 points, including shooting 40.5 percent from beyond the arc, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.2 minutes per game during the 2015-16 regular season.
The Boston Celtics are expected to target a guard in the draft if their pick from the Brooklyn Nets falls outside the top-2.
Jamal Murray would be the logical pick with his shooting and versatility, but sources say they also like Buddy Hield.
The Celtics have Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley as their primary options in the backcourt.
Evan Turner finally emerged as a productive NBA player with the Boston Celtics after being unwanted by the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers.
Turner will be a free agent this offseason and the Celtics hold his Early Bird rights, which means they can only offer him a contract that starts around $6 million unless they use cap space.
Turner averaged 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists during the 2015-16 season.
"Hopefully we can figure out a way to make it work," Turner told CSN at a fundraising event for Horizons for Homeless. "It’s a lot going on with the team, with the roster, the draft picks, and things like that. ... [Celtics brass and Turner] didn’t have any surefire talks about [a return], but there’s definitely admiration on both sides. I trust that [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny [Ainge] is going to do what’s best for the organization."
Pressed on whether he'd consider a hometown discount, Turner added, "Of course. I joke with people, this is the first time I left an exit meeting and the team wanted me back."
The Denver Nuggets were perhaps the team who advanced furthest with the Los Angeles Clippers in exploring a trade for Blake Griffin before the trade deadline.
The offer of the Nuggets and what the Clippers were seeking for Griffin were not close and talks gained no traction.
The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics also inquired with the Clippers on Griffin.
Griffin's injuries have played a factor in how rival teams perceive his value.
Isaiah Thomas sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter of Game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks and did not return. It has been described as a "mild" sprain.
He left the game with 10:14 remaining and the Celtics trailing 93-64. They ended up losing 110-83.
Game 6 will occur Thursday in Boston. The Hawks now lead the series 3-2.
Avery Bradley is "very unlikely" to play the rest of Boston's first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks after suffering a significant strained hamstring in Game 1.
"Avery has a pretty significant strained hamstring. I would say he would be doubtful for any of the remainder of the series, certainly very unlikely Tuesday night [for Game 2]," Brad Stevens said as the team practiced on the campus of Georgia Tech. "As of right now, I would say he's out Tuesday night, but obviously he'll continue to get treatment around the clock and go from there. But I would say very unlikely the rest of the series."
Bradley heard a pop after landing awkwardly while defending a layup attempt by Jeff Teague.
Bradley said he "felt weird" after landing and collapsed to the ground clutching his hamstring while trying to run back up the court.
Avery Bradley suffered a severely strained right hamstring in the fourth quarter of the Boston Celtics' Game 1 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Although he expressed a desire to return for Tuesday's Game 2, Bradley said he will undergo further testing Sunday to determine the full extent of the injury.
Brad Stevens said Bradley heard a pop after landing awkwardly while defending a layup attempt by Jeff Teague.
Bradley was tended to by Boston's medical staff on the floor. Then he needed to be helped off the court.
"I saw Avery. He's very, very sore, and he said on the court that he heard a pop," Stevens said. "I don't know if that is something -- if he got hit or what. So we'll see. I think that he will be treated and everything else. We'll see."
"I don't really want to talk about [the injury] that much. I just want to try to get treatment and take it day by day and hope that I can be back for the next game," said Bradley, who expected to undergo an MRI on Sunday morning. "I'll get treatment tonight -- probably get treatment all night. My main focus is just trying to get back for the next game."