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Full details of Celtics' trade with Sixers that should land Markelle Fultz in Philly

Full details of Celtics' trade with Sixers that should land Markelle Fultz in Philly

Though the trade is likely to be finalized on Monday, the full details of the blockbuster trade between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are now public. The Sixers will get the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and likely select Markelle Fultz from the University of Washington. The Celtics will get two first round picks. 

Here are the particulars...

Celtics receive: 2017 3rd overall pick, either Lakers' 2018 1st round pick (protected 2-5) OR Kings' 2019 1st round pick

Sixers receive: 2017 1st overall pick

Honestly, this seems like a good deal for both sides. The Sixers get a potential All-Star at the point guard position to complement the rest of their talented young core of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. By acquiring Fultz, Simmons doesn't have to play the point guard position and learn on the job. And Fultz gives them a three-point threat to offset Simmons' lack of outside shooting.

[RELATED: Wizards have big decision to make on Kelly Oubre]

For the Celtics, they earn an extra first round pick by just moving two spots back in a draft that is absolutely loaded. For them, this could come down to getting Josh Jackson of Kansas, Jayson Tatum of Duke or De'Aaron Fox of Kentucky plus a first round pick instead of Fultz. If that player turns out as good as Fultz, they won the trade. If he turns out better than Fultz, then Celtics GM Danny Ainge looks brilliant.

Regardless, this trade appears to strengthen two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers have an enviable core of three possible stars. They may not win immediately, but it's only a matter of time before they are playoff bound. 

The Celtics, meanwhile, will still add a blue chip player to a roster that already had the top seed in the East this past season. And by acquiring another first round pick, they could just do it all over again. As of now, they can compete with anyone in the East next season plus they hold the Nets' and Lakers' top picks. 

All those assets could, of course, allow Boston to pull off another major trade. They already had more tradeable pieces than anyone in the NBA and now they have an extra first round pick. This latest deal could just be the precursor to them acquiring Paul George or Jimmy Butler in a separate trade. And that's not to mention their cap space that could lead to Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin coming to town.

Given this trade's effect on the Eastern Conference, it will probably be cited for many years to come. It makes Philly better immediately and allows the Celtics to be even better positioned for the future than they already were.

[RELATED: Paul George says right things but does it matter?]


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With Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons set to debut, John Wall and Bradley Beal recall their early days

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With Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons set to debut, John Wall and Bradley Beal recall their early days

The Philadelphia 76ers will have two No. 1 overall picks make their NBA debuts on Wednesday night in Markelle Fultz (2017) and Ben Simmons (2016). They are in for a challenge with the Wizards, one of the best teams in basketball, and with guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Wall and Beal know that challenge well. They were both top draft picks in their own right, Wall the first pick in 2010 and Beal the third pick in 2012. They can recall in specifics their first games in the NBA and how humbling they were.

"My first game, I was going against Dwight Howard. It was fun," Wall said. "There was a lot of pressure. There were a lot of people talking."


It's often said that the point guard position is as deep as it's ever been nowadays. The last three MVP awards have gone to point guards, for instance.

There were some good ones back in 2010, too.

"I remember in a five-game span I played like [Rajon] Rondo, Derrick Rose here and then I went out west and played Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Russell [Westbrook]," Wall said. "I don't think it's gotten any harder than it was back then in 2010 with those five guys. You kind of understand what those guys are about when you get to see it firsthand and play against them."

Beal vividly remembers going up against the LeBron James-led Miami Heat as a 19-year-old. It wasn't easy.

"It was the Heat when they had [Dwyane Wade] and LeBron on the same team. That's when D-Wade was electrifying. He still had his quickness. He was strong as I don't know what and I was a baby at that time," he said.

"For me, it was like I was in awe because those are the guys I grew up watching and I was a fan of. Now I'm playing against them and I can't be a fan of them. It was amazing to play against them, but also an eye-opener like, I need to get better."

Now it's Fultz and Simmons' turn to see what matching up with NBA superstars is like and don't expect Wall or Beal to take it easy on them.

"I'm a competitive person, so I'm not going to back down from any challenge," Wall said.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 45 - Season preview with over/unders and bold predictions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 45 - Season preview with over/unders and bold predictions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller previewed the 2017-18 Wizards regular season with over/unders, biggest questions and bold predictions.

NBC Sports Philly Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato also joined the show to preview the first game between the Wizards and Sixers.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!