The Grizzlies did not move into the top four in Thursday night’s NBA draft lottery, so they will convey the No. 14 overall pick to the Celtics this season.
The pick was top-6 protected this year, meaning that if Memphis had moved into one of the four lottery spots it would have kept the pick this season and Boston would have received the Grizzlies’ unprotected pick next year.
But the Grizzlies, who went 34-39 this season and lost to the Blazers in the Western Conference play-in game last week, had just a 2.4 percent chance of moving into the top four.
In addition to the 14th pick, Boston will also have its own first-round choice, 26th overall, as well as the Bucks’ first-round pick, No. 30, which was acquired last season.
The Celtics acquired the Memphis pick in a 2015 trade that sent Jeff Green to Memphis.
The Minnesota Timberwolves won the lottery Thursday night, giving them the No. 1 pick. The lottery was conducted virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, with NBA officials doing the actual draw in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Golden State holds the No. 2 pick, Charlotte got the No. 3 pick and Chicago will pick fourth. The Hornets and Bulls both bucked some odds to move into the upper echelon.
“We know with the No. 1 pick we have the opportunity to draft an impact player who could immediately complement our young, strong core,” Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas said.
Chicago had a 32 percent chance of moving into the top four spots, Charlotte about a 26 percent chance. They leapfrogged four teams that had better top-four odds — Cleveland, Atlanta, Detroit and New York.
“I’m pretty sure whoever we get, it’s going to be exciting,” Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham said.
The draft, originally scheduled for June, is set for Oct. 16. But nobody knows yet when the new draft picks will make their NBA debuts, since the start of the 2020-21 season is not yet determined.
An Associated Press report was included.