Everybody wins as Sixers complete trade of picks with Celtics

Ross Houston
June 20, 2017

The Sixers used the No. 1 pick a year ago on Ben Simmons, who missed the entire season because of a foot injury. Otherwise, the Celtics will have a choice of first-rounders in 2019 - either from Sacramento or Philadelphia, whichever pick is higher. If it doesn't, Boston will get either the 76ers' or the Kings' pick in 2019. However, the Celtics will receive the lesser pick if either 2019 pick is No. 1 overall.

Ainge said he believes the Celtics may get the player they would have chosen at No. 1 at No. 3.

Since the news spread over the weekend of the trade, many National Basketball Association fans have already begun trusting in the process.

The first part of the trade is straightforward: The Celtics swapped the first pick in this year's draft for the third pick in this year's draft.

Given the plethora of young talent that the Sixers now have at their disposal, including Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, the Sixers next step is plotting how aggressive to be in free agency this summer to complement those young homegrown top-of-the-lottery players. The Sixers worked Fultz out on Saturday night as talks with the Celtics got to the final stages. The difference in salary between the first pick and third pick is $1.4 million, and every dollar matters if the Celtics are trying to land a player such as Utah's Gordon Hayward or Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin.

"We felt like the move from 3 to 1 was worth the cost of a first-round pick in the future", 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said.

Then they wouldn't agree to the trade unless they were able to meet with and work out Fultz at their facility, according to sources.

"We feel like it's a jump-start for us", Ainge said. Ainge also downplayed the suggestion that Boston might have aided what might be its primary Eastern Conference competition down the road and said Boston's front office was unanimous on the decision to move down.

The 6-foot-8, 204-pounder averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as a freshman for the Blue Devils this past season. The Celtics didn't really need the top pick, as Fultz and Ball have been looked at as the top options, but both are point guards.

The most interesting aspect of the trade is the future first-round pick. Aside from Jerryd Bayless, who played just three games a year ago, and Gerald Henderson, there is virtually no other veteran experience on their current roster.

Boston, meanwhile, could potentially own the draft rights to seven first-round selections over the next three seasons.

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