Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Philly gets No. 1 pick from Sixers, chance to draft Fultz

When the Boston Celtics traded the first overall pick in this summer's National Basketball Association draft to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for their third-overall pick and a future first-rounder, Celts fans were up in arms.

"We are very pleased with the outcome of this trade, which puts us in the enviable position of selecting first overall in consecutive draft years", said Sixers president of basketball Bryan Colangelo in a release.

Barring any other changes before Thursday, the first four spots in this year's draft order would mirror 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. However, this past weekend Boston agreed to deal the pick to the 76ers, who in turn gave up the No. 3 pick and a future first round pick as well.

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George has spoken in the past about a preference to play for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, and it would be risky for the Cavaliers to acquire him without a promise he would sign beyond the 2018 season.

Philadelphia will hold the No. 1 pick for the second straight year, and worked Fultz out on Saturday night as talks with the Celtics got to the final stages.

"According to a high-level front-office source, the reason the Sixers "only" paid a price of two first-round picks is because both teams see little separation between no. 1 and no. 3". The conditions for Boston getting the higher of Philadelphia's or Sacramento's 2019 first-rounder (or the lower of the two, if one is No. 1) were previously unreleased. In return, the Celtics got shooting guard Bill Sharman, who had just joined the Pistons through the dispersal draft following the shuttering of the Washington Capitols franchise. "And we still feel that way", Ainge said in a conference call. The Celtics could pull the trigger on some of these first round picks to bring Butler, one of the best two way players in the National Basketball Association, to Boston with a starting lineup that already features Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, and Al Horford.

The worst-kept secret is the Sixers will use the pick on Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.

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Gordie Jones wrote on CSNPhilly that Sixers fans should be happy with the move, because Fultz can combine with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to create the NBA's next great trio of players. Well, the Celtics had real interest in George a year ago, diving into serious trade talks with the Pacers to acquire the swing forward at the trade deadline.

After the Sixers were given the third overall pick by way of the lottery, it seemed like everything was locked into place. "They have a lot of future assets and we're gonna get a player that we like in addition to some further assets".

For now, Boston has seven first-round selections in the next three years. He shot 47.6 percent, averaged along with 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games during his freshman season with the Huskies, who posted a 9-22 record.

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