In a stunner trade, reports surfaced Saturday night that the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have agreed in principle to a deal sending the No.1 overall pick, which the Sixers will use to select Markelle Fultz, to Philadelphia in exchange for the No. 3 pick in Thursday’s draft, along with a protected future first-rounder.
It’s a blockbuster and a total plot twist to a fascinating lottery as the Celtics, who made the Eastern Conference finals this past season, landed the No. 1 pick thanks to their possession of the Nets’ pick which was traded in the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett deal. It sets up a powerful trifecta in Philly with Joel Embiiid and Ben Simmons (if they’re healthy) along with Fultz, while giving the Celtics somehow even more assets to deal. Here are the winners and losers from this shocker:
Philadelphia 76ers: They snag a player who is as close to a sure thing as there is in this draft. They are unlikely to land a No. 1 pick next year, even with their own pick and the Lakers’ first-rounder next year. Fultz isn’t a can’t-miss prospect. But his target window is considerably larger than any pick the Sixers would make at No. 3 (unless, you know, somehow the Celtics and Lakers both were to pass on Fultz).
Fultz is loaded with potential and
Article source: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-blockbuster-trade-winners-and-losers-as-boston-sends-no-1-pick-fultz-to-sixers/
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