Celtics and 76ers agree on trade for No. 1 draft pick

Ebony Scott
June 19, 2017

The suspensions begin during the 2017-18 regular season. The 76ers got the 2018 first from the Suns in a deal that sent Michael Carter-Williams from Philly to Milwaukee, and guard Brandon Knight from Milwaukee to Phoenix.

For the second straight year, it appears the Sixers will have the No. 1 overall pick. The Celtics clearly did not feel that Fultz was far-and-away the best player in this class and chose to trade down a couple of spots and pick up future draft capital.

Fultz already has a bond with the team's best player, Joel Embiid. This move will instantly better their chances of competing for the National Basketball Association championship next season. The Pacers had been reluctant to move George at the trade deadline, but with Larry Bird out and Kevin Prichard in running the show, has the dynamic changed?

However, the Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Celtics will receive the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, and either the Lakers' 2018 first-round pick or Sacramento's 2019 first-round pick in exchange - both had been controlled by Philadelphia. It's unclear if the team will want to give him a max deal or if they will move on from their star point guard.

Then the Sixers landed the No. 3 pick in the lottery May 16. "I'm truly blessed to be in this position". Over the past several hours, rumors of potential trade talks have caused this pick to take a huge turn from inevitable to uncertain. This is where the Celtics come in. You have to love the Sixers' protections on the Laker pick.

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Philadelphia worked out Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox earlier Saturday.

The Washington point guard is extremely versatile. And he can slide off the ball and be a solid addition next to Ben Simmons. That's why they can offer their No. 3 pick along with some other first-round picks for 2018 and 2019, and could even add Jahlil Okafor to the package.

According to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, "Word out of LA is Markelle Fultz "murdered" his Lakers workout (on Thursday)". It's a risk that might be worth it. That's why stockpiling future assets could trump drafting a certain player in this draft. He could spot open players and detect mismatches.

While Thomas was dominant on the offense for the Celtics, he was not as strong on the defensive side of the ball. Josh Jackson might be a better fit to the Boston system, especially with his ability to defend and score. They did something that not many teams do. The Maryland native has blown away scouts and analysts from all over the country with his play since his junior year of high school, the year after he was pumped up from DeMatha Catholic junior varsity squad.

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