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Celtics trade No. 1 overall draft pick to 76ers

Celtics trade No. 1 overall draft pick to 76ers

The second pick is protected, and if it doesn't convey, it turns into the Sacramento Kings' first-rounder in 2019. Barely three years later, he's nearly certainly going to become the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft - and if he gets to start his pro career by calling Philadelphia his new home, he'll be living roughly a 2 1/2-hour drive from his hometown of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. "The timing of the deal and the protections on the pick suggests both teams were negotiating on common grounds".

Los Angeles has been widely considered the landing spot for UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball. Perhaps they think another player, like Kansas' Josh Jackson, will be as good as Fultz, so they took the opportunity to gain more assets by moving down in the draft.

If that's the case then it really sounds like the Celtics are leaning towards Duke forward Jayson Tatum with that No. 3 overall pick.

"I think January gave everyone a taste of what success feels like", Colangelo said.

"I think he's supertalented, superexplosive", Bird said.

So the way he looks at it, the deal is a win-win.

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.




The Celtics could be gearing up for more moves.

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"First of all, how I carry myself as a player and as a young man", he said.

Philadelphia will hold the No. 1 pick for the second straight year. It was agreed to in principle at that point, with the last holdup being the customary league approval on the terms - which came Monday. Boston's additional compensation, the future first-rounder, necessitated more of an explanation.

Boston will receive the 2018 Lakers pick owned by Philadelphia now, so long as that pick is between Nos. But Ainge doesn't believe that will happen, or he wouldn't have made the trade. "But we're not afraid of that". The Celtics currently have Isaiah Thomas, so the point guard position isn't a big need right now. He was the top freshman scorer in the country. The 76ers have a rookie of the year contender, in Joel Embiid, a former number on selection in Ben Simmons who missed all of last year with a foot injury, and Fultz as the newcomer. National Basketball Association analysts are predicting that Philadelphia is trying to make a "Big 3", with Fultz, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid as their core three players. 1 and 3 picks in Thursday night's NBA Draft.

The Sixers are fully expected to take Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the top pick.


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