BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have traded the No. 1 collect in this week’s NBA breeze to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Boston will get the Sixers’ pick, No. 3 overall, and another first-rounder in 2018 or 2019. The teams concluded to the understanding over the weekend, hours after approaching top collect Markelle Fultz worked out for the Sixers.
Philadelphia will name first for the second true year. In 2016, the Sixers picked Ben Simmons, who didn’t play at all during the deteriorate after breaking a bone in his foot.
The Celtics could be gearing up for some-more moves. After finishing with the No. 1 seed in the East this season, they are trying to package some of their picks for an determined star that could help them close the opening on NBA finalists Cleveland and Golden State.
The understanding was first reported by TheVertical.com.
With Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford, boss of basketball operations Danny Ainge is looking to make a understanding like the seven-for-one trade in 2007 that brought Kevin Garnett — and an NBA-record 17th championship — to Boston.
“We’re anxious to be means to name what we design to be an impact player with the third collect in this year’s very gifted breeze class, while also adding a rarely profitable future item as we continue to build towards Banner 18,” Ainge pronounced in a statement.
If Boston binds onto the pick, it would have 7 first-rounders in the next 3 years.
The 76ers have a possibility to supplement a indicate ensure to the register of big men they’ve fabricated by their years of returning to the breeze lottery. Fultz would join Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Simmons.
Fultz’s arise to stardom has been rapid. In 2014, he was personification youth varsity basketball in high school in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
The 6-foot-4 ensure averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games during his sole college deteriorate at Washington, excelling on a group that finished 9-22 and lost its final 13 games. Fultz led the Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. 6 among all Division we players, and was the top beginner scorer in the country.
Philadelphia went 28-54 this past season, after winning 19, 18 and 10 games respectively in the prior 3 seasons.
Barring any other changes before Thursday, the first 4 spots in this year’s breeze sequence would counterpart the first-four from last year: Philadelphia at No. 1, the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, Boston at No. 3 and Phoenix at No. 4.
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