Celtics, 76ers complete swap of first, third National Basketball Association draft picks


Celtics, 76ers complete swap of first, third National Basketball Association draft picks

The pick is protected at No. 1 and 6-30, meaning the Sixers would send the Kings' 2019 first-rounder or the Sixers' own 2019 first-rounder (each protected if No. 1) if the LA selection doesn't convey. I have a good relationship with Bryan Colangelo and Jerry Colangelo and I think they're doing a fantastic job there in Philadelphia. "And when the right deals come around, we will move on them". As for the Celtics, they add to the absurd war chest of first round draft picks accumulated (nine draft picks in the first rounds of the next two drafts) which they will nearly certainly be using as an all-out assault on bringing in existing franchise talent. The Celtics would take whichever one is more favorable.

"This is certainly a trade that is under the microscope more than others", Ainge said. "So I think it's a good deal for both teams". "Once Boston got No. 1, immediately there was a discussion that talked about some of the interest we had in No. 1". If not, the Celtics have set themselves up even more nicely for a future that already includes the Nets' 2018 first-rounder.

Fultz, the versatile Washington guard who worked out for the Sixers on Saturday evening, is the consensus top player and clearly the best fit in Brett Brown's system. If the Lakers hold a pick between No. 2 and No. 5 next season, Boston now gets that one as well. Even if a trade involving a star doesn't develop during this year's draft, the Celtics would likely be making two top-3 selections in the 2018 National Basketball Association draft that could become future National Basketball Association superstars. They have a supremely talented young core, but will be relying on two players, Ben Simmons and presumably Markelle Fultz, who have yet to play a second in the National Basketball Association, plus another, Joel Embiid, with a long history of health issues. "But we're not afraid of that".

The Philadelphia 76ers are excited to be in position for the second consecutive season to select the No. 1 prospect in the NBA Draft. By trading away the chance to draft Fultz, the Celtics have shown that Thomas is their point guard of the future. In 2014, he was playing junior varsity basketball in high school in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

For the Sixers, a team who has been acquiring draft picks and "trusting the process" for years now, this trade is precisely the type of move the team had been preparing to make. He was the top freshman scorer in the country. In 2016, the Sixers picked Ben Simmons, who didn't play at all during the season after breaking a bone in his foot. "This pick provides us a tremendous opportunity to add another foundational player to our promising core".

Most expect the Sixers to take Washington guard Markelle Fultz first overall and pair him with Ben Simmons, who missed what would have been his rookie season with a foot injury after going No. 1 previous year.