The Boston Celtics have traded the No. 1 pick in this week's National Basketball Association draft to the Philadelphia 76ers. The teams agreed to the deal over the weekend, hours after expected top pick Markelle Fultz worked out for the Sixers. He added, "It was the best offer we had, by a significant margin, and we're still able to get the player that we want in the draft, and acquire another asset".
"We think there's a really good chance the player we take at 3 is the player we would have taken at 1."
"Well it's never easy negotiating with Boston because they're smart guys - and I'm talking about [Celtics assistant general manager] Mike Zarren and not Danny Ainge, by the way", Colangelo said. Then in 2013, he shipped Garnett, Pierce and Jason Terry for multiple future draft picks from there Brooklyn Nets, including the No. 1 pick that Boston won in the lottery this year.
Ainge said that the Celtics front office was "unanimously" confident in the trade.
After finishing with the No. 1 seed in the East 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 help them close the gap on the Cavaliers and Golden State - the teams that have met in the last three NBA Finals. The 76ers will likely also have to give a few other future picks and some role players to make the move.
Markelle Fultz, pictured at McKale Center on January 29, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona, will be the first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
In short, Philadelphia gets the guard it wanted in Fultz, and Boston gets a draft-pick haul in exchange for sliding down only two spots this year.
Next up will be the Los Angeles Lakers, expected to take UCLA guard Lonzo Ball. "I would venture to say we're going to be sold out this year playing to full capacity every night". "With the certainty of No. 1, we know we control our circumstances".
The Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers have the most first-round picks.
This is the second straight season the 76ers will have the No. 1 pick.
Fultz, who recently turned 19, averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists as a freshman on a Washington team that went 9-22. But the addition of Fultz to a talented albeit unproven young core that includes Simmons, center Joel Embiid and power forward Dario Saric would certainly make the 76ers one of the NBA's most intriguing teams next season.
"We're getting the player we want".
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