Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

76ers And Celtics Finalize Deal For The No. 1 Pick

76ers And Celtics Finalize Deal For The No. 1 Pick

The Celtics traded the first overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for the third overall pick in this year's draft and a future first-round pick.

"I think they're both terrific players", Ainge said. "And when the right deals come around, we will move on them". If it is not, the Celtics will instead receive either Sacramento's or Philadelphia's first round pick in 2019, whichever is more favorable.

Less than two weeks removed from the NBA finals, the association is already grabbing headlines as it gears up for the offseason. "We have no announcement at this time related to new leadership of the Cavaliers basketball operations group, but we are confident our current front office will continue to aggressively explore and pursue opportunities to improve our team in the weeks ahead".

Australia's Ben Simmons is nearly certain to team up with top point guard prospect Markelle Fultz in Philadelphia next season after the 76ers and Boston Celtics confirmed their National Basketball Association draft deal.

"Most importantly, we're taking the next step, I believe, in formulating a solid young core of players that ultimately will lead to a successful and sustainable product".

There are some conditions on the future first-rounder Boston gets out of this deal.

California guard Jabari Bird, who worked out for the Sixers on Monday, thinks Fultz will standout at the next level.

2 through No. 5. This includes Brooklyn (2018), Memphis (2019, protected 1-8), and the Clippers (2019, 1-14) on top of their own first round selections. "They're getting the player they want", he said.

It will mark the second straight year that Philadelphia selects first overall. "But we're not afraid of that".

In his only season with Washington, Fultz averaged 23.2 points and 5.9 assists. In 2014, he was playing junior varsity basketball in high school in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. "They have a lot of future assets, and we're going to get a player that we like in addition to some further assets".

The Sixers signed Jerryd Bayless (who missed nearly the entire year due to injury), Gerald Henderson and Sergio Rodriguez as those veteran players last season. Their miniature point guard was an MVP candidate last season on the Eastern Conference's best team (by regular-season record, at least), and adding a similarly explosive player who thrives with the ball in his hands could have caused problems.

SI.com's The Crossover says Fultz "combines a strong handle with intriguing physical tools in a way that makes him a natural fit with Simmons and Embiid" and that he should "be able to play on and off-ball" and that the move "means the Sixers can invest more of their resources into filling a narrow set of remaining gaps".

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