76ers get No. 1 pick from Celtics, chance to draft Fultz

The Sixers and Celtics made it official on Monday and announced that the trade that had been reported over the weekend was indeed happening, as Philadelphia acquired the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's draft, while the Celtics received the No. 3 pick and a future first rounder as well.

Are Josh Jackson and Lonzo Ball off of the Boston Celtics' radar with the third overall pick? But we knew that already, just as we know that the Sixers will select University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall.

Ainge, who said this was the best offer they got for the pick by far, seemed to indicate in his Monday availability that he plans on using the No. 3 overall pick and selecting a player, and stated that it's the player the Celtics were considering at No. 1 anyways. And then there's the very real possibility that the Celtics don't make that pick at all, and instead package it in another 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.

"Thursday night will see us take another significant step toward building a successful and sustainable basketball program". The Celtics believe that their choice will still be available at No. 3 and they gain another first-round pick in the process. Philadelphia chose Ben Simmons with first pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Allen Iverson in 1996 and Doug Collins in 1973.

"I am incredibly excited that we've acquired the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft", 76ers managing general partner Josh Harris said. It was a controversial decision, and one that years from now will play a large role in how people evaluate Ainge's legacy.

The future first-rounder will convey either next year or in 2019.

The 76ers have a chance to add a point guard to the roster of big men they've assembled through their years of returning to the draft lottery.

Fultz, barring something shocking, will join a core in Philadelphia that includes Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and 2017 Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. In 2014, he was playing junior varsity basketball in high school in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. However, if they are able to turn those picks into one or more quality players, by a combination of draft and trade, this will likely be looked back on as a win-win trade for both teams.

"A league source told ESPN that Tatum - a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game in his lone season at Duke - worked out for the Celtics at their practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts."
Fultz led the Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. 6 among all Division I players, and was the top freshman scorer in the country.