Bold Move: Celtics Trade No. 1 Overall Draft Pick To 76ers

Angelica Greene
June 21, 2017

In his first comments since making the trade, Ainge said he always considered the top players in this year's draft to be "very close" and that "there is a good chance the player we take at No. 3 will be the exact player we would have taken at No. 1".

Since the news spread over the weekend of the trade, many National Basketball Association fans have already begun trusting in the process.

Barring any other changes before Thursday, the first four spots in this year's draft order would mirror the first-four from last year: Philadelphia at No. 1, the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, Boston at No. 3 and Phoenix at No. 4. They do enough background digging to be comfortable with a player's talent and personality regardless, but picking Jackson would still be more of a risk without his medical information. Fultz has future National Basketball Association superstar talent, but wouldn't fit in the team's crowded back-court. And he will be the first overall pick in the NBA Draft, a personal goal he had set for himself years ago.

Mar 25, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Jackson (11) dribbles the ball against the Oregon Ducks. Tatum worked out for Boston on Monday, but Ball has not accepted the team's invitation for a visit. He has proven he can provide solid defense; which would be beneficial matching up against players like LeBron James next season.

The Boston Celtics, the runners up in the Eastern Conference, are sitting pretty near the top of the 2017 NBA Draft pecking order.

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"What scares me about Fultz is his one-and-done team resume at Washington", Brookover wrote. Either option would add much needed size to the Celtics, but would potentially create another overabundance of wings on the roster.

The Celtics could also be setting the stage for a potential run at Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler or Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward.

The Sixers are giving up their No. 3 selection this year and another first-rounder in 2018 or '19.

The usually ho-hum NBA Draft suddenly got incredibly interesting overnight, with the confirmation of the long-suspected trade between Philly and the Boston Celtics, that will now see the Sixers pick first overall in the draft, rather than the Boston boys. Butler is only 27 and is coming off an impressive 2016 campaign which would most likely amp up the price up a bit, but will give the Celtics the true star they can build around.

With Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford, Ainge is looking to make a deal like the seven-for-one trade in 2007 that brought Kevin Garnett - and an NBA-record 17th championship - to Boston. The Celtics can offer any team perhaps the best rebuilding trade package in the league. The Sixers wouldn't be getting the player they absolutely wanted, but would settle for a player that could help out their franchise anyway.

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