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Celtics confirm they will trade No. 1 overall pick to the 76ers

24 Juin 2017

This is a big night for Celtics fans, even if Boston no longer possesses the first overall pick courtesy of Danny Ainge's blockbuster with the Philadelphia 76ers.

When it comes to Danny Ainge's philosophy as Celtics president of basketball operations, a pretty clear rule has emerged: Whatever nearly every other executive in the league would do, Ainge likely will do the opposite.

Heading into this week, the Boston Celtics, through the lottery, had attained the number one overall pick while the Philadelphia 76ers garnered the third pick in this year's draft. However, the tide changed when they made a decision to give the Sixers the pick and instead tea the third slot in exchange. Fultz has future National Basketball Association superstar talent, but wouldn't fit in the team's crowded back-court.

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. Nothing negative against Butler, but I think the Celtics would at least have to get Butler as well as someone else to beat the Cavs.

The Kings are "starved" for Kansas forward Josh Jackson, according to The Vertical's Chris Mannix. Well, the Celtics had real interest in George a year ago, diving into serious trade talks with the Pacers to acquire the swing forward at the trade deadline. He has proven he can provide solid defense; which would be beneficial matching up against players like LeBron James next season.

While he might not put up huge numbers in his first year, he might be the most valuable rookie in the class, because of his excellent defence.

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When the Suns' playoff hopes were diminished, the organization shut down key players with the hope of securing a high draft pick. If his 3-point shot improves, which it should under Brad Stevens , he should be a starter on the 2018-19 Celtics.

"It's been a little insane last couple days", Duke forward Jayson Tatum said Wednesday. I like both of those kids. He would add some much needed scoring to the Sixers' second unit. With that in mind, a potential trade could form involving the team's core players.

Or they could have had a concern with the cohabitation of Fultz and Isaiah Thomas. Boston is also expected to score big in free agency this off-season, with names like Gordon Hayward and Jimmy Butler reportedly interested in joining. The easy takeaway is they get the No. 3 pick this year and a future first-rounder. With the Celtics attempting to build a championship caliber team in the near future, the team will look to use its assets to create a win now team.

"I've been talking to Mike Zarren about this Lakers pick for about a year and a half it seems". They felt as though their organization had just thrown away the ideal opportunity to draft a stud point guard in Washington's Markelle Fultz.

Fultz, the versatile Washington guard who worked out for the Sixers on Saturday evening, is the consensus top player and clearly the best fit in Brett Brown's system. So if a deal is coming, it's likely going to be at the draft. While Fultz is clearly a talented player, the Celtics already are very deep at the point guard position.

If the Celtics get the pick in 2019 ...

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Celtics confirm they will trade No. 1 overall pick to the 76ers