Celtics trade No. 1 overall draft pick to 76ers

The picks would net the Magic Mike Miller, most importantly. Using that ammunition to bring in George - who averaged a career-high 23.7 points-per-game on 46-percent shooting last season, and is considered a superstar talent by numerous top National Basketball Association minds - makes too much sense for the Celtics not to pull the trigger if they want to try and legitimately compete with the Cavaliers in a depleted Eastern Conference.

They had to reach agreement on a swap with the team who had the first overall, the Boston Celtics.

This is the second straight season the 76ers will have the No. 1 pick. "And we're getting an additional player that we want in next year's draft or the year after". Webber never panned out for the Dubs, and was traded to Washington in year two.

"You want well-rounded players that fit what you're doing", Colangelo said. That very well may not have been the case if the Sixers were drafting fifth.

Ainge added, "We'll get a player we like in addition to further assets".

To part with either the 25-year-old Irving or the 28-year-old Love, both coming off All-Star seasons and on relatively economical long-term deals, without any verbal commitment from George, 27, that he planned to stay in Cleveland beyond 2018 would be "hard" to agree to, one source familiar with the Cavs' thinking told ESPN.

Duke's Jayson Tatum, an offensively advanced forward who worked out for the Celtics in their Waltham practice facility this morning, and Kansas forward Josh Jackson have both been rated in the top four by the team.

Fultz says he's been in contact with Joel Embiid, who seems giddy about the possibility of adding Fultz. "With that carved out, we ended up where we wanted to be". Ben Simmons's foot fracture saw the time table change from after the new year, to before the end of the season, to being a season ending injury. The 76ers will likely also have to give a few other future picks and some role players to make the move. Fans were prepared to rejoice at the trade deadline when news broke of a Sixers' trade with the Dallas Mavericks.

If Boston holds onto the pick, it would have seven first-rounders in the next three years. "So we'll continue on that path until a brighter, quicker future that we like approaches".

Raffl might have a chance to be claimed by the Golden Knights, unless there's a trade option on the table between the teams, or Vegas GM George McPhee plans to take unprotected UFA Jordan Weal and try to sign him as his own.

Less than two weeks removed from the NBA finals, the association is already grabbing headlines as it gears up for the offseason.

The Celtics will receive the No. 3 pick in this draft, and the Los Angeles Lakers' 2018 first-rounder, to which the 76ers own the rights.

The thinking behind the trade, largely, is that the player the Sixers mosts covets in this year's draft - point guard Markelle Fultz, would not be available by pick 3, whereas the players the Celtics are circling - forward Josh Jackson and forward Jayson Tatum - nearly certainly will still be available at pick 3.

"This is certainly a trade that is under the microscope more than other trades, but we're not afraid of that". Instead of tearing down the stronghold that Hinkie built, Colangelo fortified it.

The Sixers are fully expected to take Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the top pick.

Teams will no longer laugh at the Philadelphia 76ers.

With Colangelo's latest move, he has gotten to the point that we were all sure he would sabotage.

The Sixers chose potential over a proven quantity.