Timberwolves Drop a Spot in Draft Lottery

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New logo, same bad luck.

May 16, 2017 09:15 PM

For the 9th time in franchise history, the Timberwolves have moved down in a draft lottery. They will pick 7th in next month's draft after being slotted in the 6th spot. The Wolves have never moved up on lottery night.

The Boston Celtics have won the NBA draft lottery, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago.

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The Los Angeles Lakers were other big winners, moving up one spot to second to hold onto their pick. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three.

The Celtics will go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick after their 25 percent chance of winning came through Tuesday night. They open the Eastern Conference finals at home on Wednesday against Cleveland.

Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league but the Celtics had the right to swap picks with them from the 2013 draft-night trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets.

The 76ers will pick third, while Phoenix fell two spots and is fourth.

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