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Celts, 76ers finalize blockbuster for top picks

Celts, 76ers finalize blockbuster for top picks

The Celtics will then receive either the 76ers' 2019 first-round pick or the Sacramento Kings' 2019 pick, whichever is more favorable to Boston. All this would do is push Boston's first round draft pick to the 2019 draft. As for the Celtics, they add to the absurd war chest of first round draft picks accumulated (nine draft picks in the first rounds of the next two drafts) which they will nearly certainly be using as an all-out assault on bringing in existing franchise talent. Rodger Wyland is the sports director for NewsChannel 13.

The Sixers, who are expected to select Washington guard? Ainge said it was "possible" that Boston could make another deal before the draft, but described the swap as "a jump-start" for the Celtics. Forwards Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum seem like the best bets, but what we really need to know are the Vegas odds Boston deals the pick as part of a package for a major impact player like Jimmy Butler. He added, "It was the best offer we had, by a significant margin, and we're still able to get the player that we want in the draft, and acquire another asset".

California guard Jabari Bird, who worked out for the Sixers on Monday, thinks Fultz will standout at the next level. Durant opted out of about $28 million to become a free agent briefly in an effort to help Golden State re-sign sixth-man extraordinaire Andre Iguodala.

This is the second straight season the 76ers will have the No. 1 pick. They're getting the player they want.

The most complete player in the draft, Fultz is also the best option to pair to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. "That's not to say we won't explore the markeplace this year, but it feels like this core we are assembling has the ability to grow together".

"I think even before the lottery, we've been evaluating these kids for a couple years, and we felt like it was very close with the top handful of players, and we still feel that way", Ainge said in a conference call Monday after the trade was formally announced. While this would normally be a very big disappointment for a team, much of this was actually done purposefully as the 76ers have acquired high draft picks and now have a roster loaded with young talent. 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. The Bulls would likely be interested in numerous Celtics' assets including the team's No.3 pick this year, the Nets' first round pick next year, the Lakers' first round pick next year, and a few players from the team's core (Brown/Crowder/Marcus Smart/Avery Bradley). "And we're getting an additional player that we want in next year's draft or the year after".