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76ers get No. 1 pick from Celtics, chance to draft Fultz

76ers get No. 1 pick from Celtics, chance to draft Fultz

However, when that second pick will be used by the Celtics gets a little bit complicated. The Celtics could pull the trigger on some of these first round picks to bring Butler, one of the best two way players in the National Basketball Association, to Boston with a starting lineup that already features Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, and Al Horford.

And then come the Celtics, starting the real intrigue. They are in position to contend for a championship right away, but it will take superstar talent to deliver a more effective punch to the LeBron James-led Cavaliers than Boston could in the 2017 playoffs. "This pick provides us a tremendous opportunity to add another foundational player to our promising core".

"I think they're both terrific players", Ainge said.

After Philadelphia picks Markelle Fultz No. 1, the Lakers will probably take Lonzo Ball No. 2. Acquiring multiple first round picks in this deal will help the Celtics build around Thomas with young talent and can pose to be a threat to the Cavaliers within the next couple of years.

While Van Gundy didn't further explain his love for Tatum, Ainge did confirm that the Blue Devils star worked out for the Celtics on Monday.

"It's certainly something that I think affects our situation", Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo said Monday.




Less than two weeks removed from the NBA finals, the association is already grabbing headlines as it gears up for the offseason. Ainge said it was "possible" that Boston could make another deal before the draft, but described the swap as "a jump-start" for the Celtics. "We know how good Cleveland and we know how good Golden State is". Boston's additional compensation, the future first-rounder, necessitated more of an explanation.

Fultz, who recently turned 19, averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists as a freshman on a Washington team that went 9-22. If not, Philadelphia will send Boston either its own first-rounder in 2019 or Sacramento's first-rounder that year. Per NBA.com's David Aldridge, the Pacers might seek upwards of two first-round draft picks packaged with a starter for George. The 76ers could package some of those packs with an existing player - such as center Jahlil Okafor - to get another first-round selection.

Sixers big man Joel Embiid tweeted a photo of himself with Fultz, Simmons and Robert Covington along with the caption: "This should be legendary if it happens".

"We felt that the value of adding the one pick now was the right thing at the expense of only losing one of four (in 2018 and '19) going forward", he said.

With the deal official, we have a clear look at the draft picks and protections involved.


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