Trade Grades: Sixers Best Celtics In Win-Win Draft Deal

The Celtics have reportedly agreed to trade the No. 1 pick in this week’s NBA draft—which carries the opportunity to select Washington guard Markelle Fultz—to the Sixers in exchange for the 2017 No. 3 pick and the Lakers’ 2018 first-round pick (protected from two through five). If they wind up keeping the Lakers’ pick, the Sixers will reportedly send the Kings’ 2019 first-round pick to the Celtics.

Let’s grade the trade.

Celtics: A-

Number one picks are rarely traded in the NBA, and this year’s will move for one simple reason: Fultz, a gifted scoring guard and the consensus top player in the 2017 class, makes far more long-term sense in Philadelphia than in Boston.

While many observers were intrigued by the possibility of Fultz to a Celtics team that advanced to the East finals, there were clear concerns as soon as Boston won the draft lottery. deemed Fultz a “loser” that night due to his uncertain fit with the Celtics, who are in “win now” mode and already have Isaiah Thomas, a ball-dominant guard in his prime. Top picks are generally accustomed to the red-carpet treatment, unlimited touches and shots, and plenty of bandwidth to make mistakes and learn on the fly in year one. In Boston, though, Fultz would have been walking into a narrow role

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