76ers obtain No. one choose from Celtics, chance to draft Fultz

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 4:57 PM

one overall choose in this year'south NBA draft, not only trading it far but doing so in a deal with one of the team'south fiercest rivals. Danny Ainge isn't worried.

76ers obtain No. one choose from Celtics, chance to draft Fultz

History will declare the Boston Celtics passed on the No. one overall choose in this year'south NBA draft, not only trading it far but doing so in a deal with one of the team'south fiercest rivals.

Danny Ainge isn't worried.

Philadelphia and Boston completed their trade of draft picks on Monday, the 76ers acquiring the No. one choose from the Celtics and netting the chance to draft WA guard Markelle Fultz. The Celtics moved down two spots to No. three and picked up another first-round choice in either two thousand eighteen or two thousand nineteen — with Ainge saying the deal came at number cost to Boston whatsoever.

"We're getting the player we want. They're getting the player they want," said Ainge, the Celtics' president of basketball operations. "And we're getting an extra player that we wish in following year'south draft or the year after. It'south a excellent deal for both teams."

The player Philadelphia wants is clear: The 76ers wouldn't declare it Monday, but they're going to get Fultz barring something cataclysmic happening before Thursday.

"We felt love the move from three to one was worth the cost of a first-round choose in the future," 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said.

Following up will be the LA Lakers, expected to get UCLA guard Lonzo Ball.

And then arrive the Celtics, starting the genuine intrigue. If Ainge is to be believed, even they don't know who they'll get at No. three — but he insisted that whichever choice they create there would've been the choice they made at No. one if this deal hadn't gone down. The Celtics had Duke'south Jayson Tatum in for a workout on Monday and hope to have Kansas' Josh Jackson in on Tuesday.

"I think they're both terrific players," Ainge said. "I'll say that... I love both of those kids. I think they're both terrific talents."

So the way he looks at it, the deal is a win-win.

For now, Boston has seven first-round picks in the following three years.

And that means the Celtics could be gearing up for more moves soon.

After finishing with the No. one seed in the E this season before getting ousted in the conference finals by Cleveland in a one-sided series, the Celtics have considered packaging some of their future picks for an established star that could assistance them near the gap on the Cavaliers and Golden State — the teams that have met in the latest three NBA Finals.

With Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford, Ainge is looking to create a deal love the seven-for-one trade in two thousand-seventh that brought Kevin Garnett — and an NBA-record seventeenth championship — to Boston.

"We're certainly alert of our competition," Ainge said. "We know how excellent Cleveland and we know how excellent Golden State is. We watched the same Finals that everybody did. But I think we're still emotional on the same path... And when the right deals arrive around, we'll move on them."

Philadelphia will keep the No. one choose for the second straight year. The Sixers worked Fultz out on Saturday night as talks with the Celtics got to the final stages. It was agreed to in principle at that point, with the latest holdup being the customary league approval on the terms — which came Monday.

There are some conditions on the future first-rounder Boston gets out of this deal. If the Lakers keep a choose between No. two and No. five following season, Boston presently gets that one as well. If not, Philadelphia will send Boston either its own first-rounder in two thousand-nineteenth or Sacramento'south first-rounder that year.

"This is certainly a trade that's below the microscope more than others," Ainge said. "But we're not afraid of that."

With Thomas, the Celtics didn't necessarily necessity a point guard — which is the piece Philadelphia apparently wanted most.

Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in twenty-fifth games during his lone college season at Washington, excelling on a team that finished 9-22. Fultz, who went to high school in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, led the Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. six among all Div I players. He was the top freshman scorer in the country.

In two thousand-sixteenth, the Sixers picked Ben Simmons, who didn't play at all during the season after breaking a bone in his foot. Fultz would connect a Philadelphia roster that includes Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and two thousand seventeen Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.

"I'm incredibly excited that we've acquired the No. one overall choose in Thursday'south NBA draft," 76ers managing common partner Josh Harris said. "This choose provides us a tremendous opportunity to add another foundational player to our promising core."

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