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.
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.
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