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Celtics deal No. 1 pick to 76ers

21 Juin 2017

Philadelphia and Boston have agreed on a trade where the 76ers would acquire the chance to take Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.

As a result, the Sixers are free to pick Washington point guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall selection in the National Basketball Association draft.

Philadelphia also owns four second-round picks, acquired in previous trades with the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz.

De'Aaron Fox, a point guard who scored 39 points against Ball-led UCLA in the national college tournament, is also among the top prospects.

Now, Boston has the third-overall pick and a future high first-round pick to offer in trade chips. And we'll get an additional player that we want in next year's draft, or the year after.

"I think even before the lottery, we've been evaluating these kids for a couple years, and we felt like it was very close with the top handful of players and we still feel that way", Ainge said in a conference call Monday after the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers formally announced their swap.

It marked the first time Tatum visited the Celtics and apparently, he impressed the team with his offensive ability. They drafted Ben Simmons No. 1 previous year, Allen Iverson in 1996 and Doug Collins in 1973.

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"According to a high-level front-office source, the reason the Sixers "only" paid a price of two first-round picks is because both teams see little separation between no. 1 and no. 3. Bryan and his team have done a great job in positioning our organization for what we believe will be long-term success". The Celtics clearly weren't sold on Marcus Fultz and decided to make this move.

The Cavs have reportedly been contacted by the Indiana Pacers in a potential deal for All-Star Paul George, who will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season.

If Boston holds onto the pick, it would have seven first-rounders in the next three years.

Together with Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, the 76ers will have a young core of talent that could provide a formidable base upon which to rebuild the team. Fultz has future National Basketball Association superstar talent, but wouldn't fit in the team's crowded back-court.

Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for the University of Washington Huskies, who went 9-22.

And then there are nuanced takes that dive into the reasoning behind the trade, like this one: The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor laid out an explanation of why Fultz is the flawless fit to play alongside Simmons, a 6-foot-10 point forward.

The Celtics sent that pick to the Sixers for the No. 3 pick and the protected Los Angeles Lakers first-rounder in 2018, which the Sixers owned.