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Celtics came surprisingly close to top four pick in NBA Draft Lottery

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Celtics came surprisingly close to top four pick in NBA Draft Lottery

Luck plays a huge factor in life, and pro sports are no different.

The Boston Celtics have enjoyed a ton of luck in their storied history, and they nearly defied the odds during Tuesday night's 2019 NBA Draft Lottery in Chicago.

Boston came surprisingly close to jumping up in the lottery and securing a top four pick via the Sacrmento Kings, but it ultimately ended up remaining at pick No. 14, which was the most likely spot (95 percent chance).

The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach breaks it down:

The Celtics entered the lottery with a 4.8 percent chance of a top four pick. Moving up always was a longshot for the C's, and it probably hurts the team a little more to learn how close it came to pulling off an upset.

It's important to remember the lottery is only for the first four picks. After that, selections No. 5 through No. 14 are based on record. Bleacher Report's Howard Beck revealed Wednesday how the draws went:

Himmelsbach writes the Celtics needed a 10, 12 or 14 to be one of the balls in the final draw of the lottery. A No. 7 ball instead popped up, giving the Los Angeles Lakers the No. 4 pick (a jump of seven spots from their most likely slot).

While the Celtics weren't among the lucky teams at the lottery, it wasn't a disastrous night for them, either. The New York Knicks and Lakers, two teams that could compete with Boston for Anthony Davis and/or Kyrie Irving this summer, did not win the lottery. The Memphis Grizzlies owed their pick to Boston if it was outside the top eight, which it was not (No. 2 overall). The C's now receive the Grizzlies' 2020 first-round pick (top-six protected) or their 2021 unprotected first-rounder.

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Haberstroh: Anthony Davis to Lakers is a 'crushing blow' to Celtics

Haberstroh: Anthony Davis to Lakers is a 'crushing blow' to Celtics

Did the Celtics make a mistake by not overwhelming the Pelicans with an offer for Anthony Davis?

The C's reportedly refused to include forward Jayson Tatum in a deal, so New Orleans opted to roll with the Lakers' lucrative trade package instead. Davis probably would have only been a one-year rental with Boston, but NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh still believes their failure to acquire Davis is a "crushing blow."

Here's why:

As for the outside teams looking in, this is a crushing blow to the Boston Celtics, who might lose Irving now that Davis is heading West. The Celtics have long believed that trading for Davis would be the best chance in keeping Irving long-term, sources say. But now they’re looking at a revamped 2018 playoff redux with Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown leading the way with Gordon Hayward back in the driver’s seat.

Assuming Irving doesn't re-sign -- a fair assumption given the Nets rumors flying around -- the Celtics will have to find a way to build around Tatum and Jaylen Brown while hoping Gordon Hayward returns to being Gordon Hayward.

Irving's free agency isn't the only murky situation right now for the C's. Al Horford's contract situation remains up in the air as well, as the veteran big man reportedly remains undecided on his player option for next season.

Time will tell whether the Celtics' decision to not pull the trigger on a Davis trade will be a regrettable one. For now, it'll be interesting to see what Danny Ainge has up his sleeve for a backup plan.

Clint Capela, anyone?

>> Read Haberstroh's full column on the Davis deal here

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Report: Celtics intrigued by Clint Capela, but haven't had any trade talks with Rockets

Report: Celtics intrigued by Clint Capela, but haven't had any trade talks with Rockets

Despite earlier reports indicating that the Celtics engaged the Rockets on trade talks involving Clint Capela, Adam Himmelsbach reported Saturday that while the Celtics are intrigued by the center, they have not talked to Houston about a trade. 

Steve Kyler suggested the Celtics viewed Capela as a backup plan if the Anthony Davis trade fell through, and even though Davis is officially heading to the Lakers, it appears the Celtics aren't as interested as we originally thought. 

There have been reports that the Celtics have had trade talks with the Rockets about their talented young center, Clint Capela, who has four years left on his five-year, $90 million deal. A league source said Saturday that the Celtics are intrigued by Capela, but that the sides have not had any trade talks and that a deal for Capela is unlikely because Boston would not have interest in surrendering the players needed to complete the trade.

Capela is due $16.4 million next season, so for the Celtics to match salary in a deal, they'd have to include a combination of Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown, or have Al Horford opt-in and trade his $30.1 million salary for Capela and a player like Eric Gordon.

These are not the only possibilities for a trade, but it's difficult to construct a deal where Boston isn't giving up the same young pieces it seemingly withheld in Davis negotiations. 

Al Horford is reportedly undecided on whether to pick up his player option to return to the Celtics or enter free agency, so Capela discussions could pick up in the coming weeks or die completely once Boston gets a better idea of where their veteran center stands. 

Now that the Davis trade is out of the way, more dominos are free to fall as the NBA undergoes its most uncertain offseason in recent memory.  

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