The Celtics traded the first overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for the third overall pick in this year's draft and a future first-round pick. With an additional pick in 2018 or 2019 as well, the cupboard continues to be stocked in Boston.
It appears the Boston Celtics weren't the only ones wanting to go another direction with the No. 1 overall draft pick. Rodger Wyland is the sports director for NewsChannel 13. "We feel like it's a jump-start for us".
"We felt like the move from 3 to 1 was worth the cost of a first-round pick in the future", 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said.
The Celtics have been linked with either Josh Jackson of Kansas or Jayson Tatum of Duke at No. 3, although multiple media outlets reported the team may be willing to deal the pick. In trading for a player at Butler's caliber, the Celtics would get a solid two-way star who would make an impact right away. "With the certainty of No. 1, we know we control our circumstances".
It also highlights that both teams have very experienced front office executives who are doing everything in their power to put their respective organizations in the best possible position to get better, maximizing what they can get with their assets.
It will mark the second straight year that Philadelphia selects first overall.
The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games during his lone college season at Washington, excelling on a team that finished 9-22 and lost its final 13 games. Tatum wasn't going to Philadelphia or Los Angeles while the player Philadelphia wanted (Markelle Fultz) wasn't guaranteed to be available at No. 3 even if Boston took Tatum at No. 1. Fultz will join Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons as pieces in the Wells Fargo Center for perhaps the next decade. "This is certainly a trade that is under the microscope more than others", said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, "but we're not afraid of that". 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.
All indications are the 76ers will select Fultz, who grew up in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and played his freshman season at the University of Washington.
"History suggests that number one has the greatest odds of producing franchise-level talent and we are confident that this year's draft class has that very potential".