Philadelphia completed its trade for the No. 1 overall pick in this year's National Basketball Association draft, landing the pick from the Boston Celtics on Monday in a move that clears the way for the 76ers to grab guard Markelle Fultz.
If the reported deal between the Celtics and 76ers goes down, Boston would reportedly land this year's No. 3 pick as well as either the Lakers' 2018 first-rounder or the Kings' 2019 first-rounder. If it is not, the Celtics will instead receive either Sacramento's or Philadelphia's first round pick in 2019, whichever is more favorable. However, the Celtics will receive the lesser pick if either 2019 pick is No. 1 overall.
In summation, the Celtics traded the No. 1 overall pick in a loaded draft for the No. 3 pick (which still could be good) and a future first rounder that cannot be a top selection.
"We've been evaluating these kids for a couple of years, and we felt like it was very close in the top handful of players". He would not reveal the targeted player, but the worst-kept secret is that the Sixers will use the pick on Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.
"It's harder to negotiate with Boston for me because Danny Ainge, one of my former coaches, is on the other end of the phone", Colangelo admitted. "I think they're both terrific talents". With the Lakers zeroing in on UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, all signs point to Ainge taking Kansas swingman Josh Jackson with the third pick.
All indications are the 76ers will select Fultz, who grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and played his freshman season at the University of Washington.
The Celtics could be gearing up for more moves. "So I think it's a good deal for both teams". However, when that second pick will be used by the Celtics gets a little bit complicated.
Boston has already been linked to names like Paul George and Jimmy Butler, while The Vertical's Chris Mannix mentioned Anthony Davis as a player it'd love to add. Ainge might cash in all of those chips sooner than we expected. "But the order they are going to be in, nobody knows".
Although the Boston Celtics made it deep into playoffs, they landed this year's No. 1 pick in the draft. "We came to a conclusion it was the right situation and the right point in the deal progression to make a deal, and we did". The point guard averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists for the 9-22 Huskies. He arrived at the training complex wearing his own Sixers hat, planned to get a cheesesteak after his workout, and took a photo with Simmons, Joel Embiid and Robert Covington.