76ers trade for No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's draft

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

"(Fultz) is someone they really wanted, who fits in with what they're trying to do". However, this past weekend Boston agreed to deal the pick to the 76ers, who in turn gave up the No. 3 pick and a future first round pick as well.

Next up will be the Los Angeles Lakers, expected to take UCLA guard Lonzo Ball. If he becomes the star that some project him to be, the Celtics and Ainge specifically will be critiqued and questioned for passing on him for years to come.

"Embiid, he and I have been talking before when I was in college", Fultz said. "I'll say that. I like both of those kids".

"I don't think the timing was any indication", added Ainge.

Not counting 2017's first-rounder, the Celtics hold seven first-round picks through 2019.

With the move, the Celtics and Ainge move down two spots in this year's draft while also picking up another likely lottery pick in the near future.

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There had been talk recently that a trade was in the works but nothing had been made official.

"We are certainly aware of our competition", Ainge said. Only three years later, we're talking about Cleveland dangling Love again to possibly rein in Paul George on a one-year rental in hopes of having a better chance at winning another title with LeBron James. We watched the same Finals that everybody did. "Sorry. I think they're both terrific players". They have plenty of time to package that pick in another deal to land a more established player that will help them compete now versus building for the future.

Once the trade goes through, Philadelphia will own the NBA's No. 1 selection for the second straight season. Tatum, 19, averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game at Duke while Jackson, 20, averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds at Kansas. In a lot of ways, this trade looks a lot like the one that Boston and Philadelphia just executed.

If the more favorable of the Sixers' and Kings' 2019 first-round picks is the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Sixers will instead trade the rights to the less favorable of those two picks.

Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge took a risk. "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. Fultz led the Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. 6 among all Division I players, and was the top freshman scorer in the country.

A No. 1 overall pick is one of the best assets a team can have in the National Basketball Association, but the lofty value and cost certainty of that selection makes it hard to justify moving it for anyone other than a few talented names. "This pick provides us a tremendous opportunity to add another foundational player to our promising core".

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