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

Markelle Fultz center speaks with reporters after his private workout with the Los Angeles Lakers at NBA basketball team's training complex Thursday

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The trade that has sent shockwaves through the National Basketball Association all weekend - Philadelphia acquires Boston's No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's draft in exchange for the No. 3 and a future first-rounder - became official Monday, signaling the 76ers are serious about winning now and the Celtics are planning ... something.

The future first-round pick that Boston will receive will be the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, provided that such pick is No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, or No. 5 in the 2018 NBA Draft. If the Lakers hold a pick between No. 2 and No. 5 next season, Boston now gets that one as well. If everything works out in Boston's favor, the Celtics will end up with the first AND second selections in the 2018 draft.

"I think even before the lottery, we've been evaluating these kids for a couple of 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.

"We're going to continue to build with that core and make right decisions that don't jeopardize a nice strategic path towards sustainable success".

The target for such a blockbuster move is University of Washington guard, Markelle Fultz. With the Celtics now owning the third pick, Smith thinks they'll engage in trade talks with the Bulls.

Over the past 10 seasons, only two other freshmen had a better scoring average in college: Kevin Durant for Texas in 2006-07, and Michael Beasley for Kansas State in 2007-08.

"We'll still be able to get the player we want in the draft".

Philadelphia went 28-54 this past season, after winning 19, 18 and 10 games in the previous three seasons. And if the Lakers do draft Ball, what does that mean for the player who is the team's current "point guard of the future", D'Angelo Russell?

But when viewing Embiid's latest post, the Sixers players themselves clearly couldn't be happier with the move. "Get up and down".

Jeff Van Gundy, the ESPN analyst and former NBA coach, said two weeks ago during the NBA Finals that the Celtics should draft Duke forward Jayson Tatum over Washington guard Markelle Fultz.

Fultz already has expressed his excitement to play in Philadelphia. The 76ers will have a frontcourt of scorers in Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, and Robert Covington.

Jimmy Butler could be one of the Celtics' trade targets.

From the Pacers' standpoint, a trade with Boston also makes sense, considering the entire league is aware George is now a rental for the season, which diminishes his value and makes him a logical addition to teams trying to win now and not in the future.

The Philadelphia 76ers thrilled their fans and left some suspense surrounding Thursday's National Basketball Association draft.

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