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Paul Pierce says the Celtics should trade the No. 1 overall pick

Paul Pierce says the Celtics should trade the No. 1 overall pick

Many believe the future of Isaiah Thomas is uncertain after the Boston Celtics got the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. As mentioned, the Celtics had been rumored to be looking at All-Star players, including Jimmy Butler of the Bulls and Paul George of the Pacers. "I just try to be aggressive and make it work for our ball club".

Why would you give up on a guy who just put up MVP-like numbers for a rookie?

Thomas and Fultz are both better with the ball in their hands, so there would be diminishing returns on the pairing.

A core of Jaylen Brown, Fultz, Marcus Smart, and whomever the Celtics draft next year would be able to compete well after LeBron James retires and the Warriors start to falter. Despite this, there are no worries for Thomas who is the Celtics' main playmaker for almost three seasons now. At least for now.

On the other hand, Thomas was infamously selected by the Sacramento Kings with the No. 60 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, which is notably the last pick in the entire event.

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Thomas admitted he felt "very disrespected" after not being granted the starting role in Sacramento when he was moved to Phoenix as part of a sign-and-trade deal in 2014.

"I think Boston preserves its cap space and goes really hard after Hayward on July 1". "Not one man can do that". That could include a player such as Chicago's Jimmy Butler, Indiana's Paul George, or even Utah's Gordon Hayward, who may have the strongest possibility of donning the Celtics' green jersey next season. The Magic own the #6 overall pick in this year's draft. There are no big forwards or centers who have enough skills or promise to be taken with the first pick.

Here's the good news, the Celtics have hit by far the most three-pointers in the playoffs. High praise for someone who just six years ago was considered nothing but an afterthought. If you compare his season averages to Allen Iverson's 2000-01 MVP season, the numbers are remarkably similar. Boston doesn't praise winning the Eastern Conference.

Still, the Celtics wound up grabbing the top seed and home-court advantage through the East finals, and that gave them the right to host Games 1 and 2.

After watching video of Game 1 with the team, it's not all that surprising that Celtics head coach Brad Stevens found plenty of areas in which his team has left room for improvement prior to tonight's game. Many questions still remain: will the Celtics take Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball, or perhaps Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum? The belief around the league is that George wants to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent next summer, while Boston and Chicago reportedly engaged in trade talks in February.

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