Celtics turning attention away from Markelle Fultz after swapping picks

Celtics turning attention away from Markelle Fultz after swapping picks

The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade the first overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to David Aldridge of TNT.

Fultz would add another dynamic ballhandler to the Sixers’ backcourt, which already includes Simmons, who the team plans to use as the point guard.

Fultz – donning a 76ers cap as he arrived at the team’s practice facility – visited the team in a hastily arranged get-to-know-you session, with the workout and meeting with team officials on his itinerary. He wasn’t on the Celtics team to begin with.

Despite the interesting parallels, years from now the Celtics worst nightmare is Philly reaching their full potential with Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Fultz.

Barring any other changes before Thursday, the first four spots in this year’s draft order would mirror the first-four from last year: The 76ers at No. 1, the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, Celtic at No. 3 and the Phoenix Suns at No. 4. In the meantime, the Bulls are preparing for the draft, in which they own the 16th and 38th picks.

If that pick doesn’t convey to the Celtics, the Sixers will send a 2019 first-round pick via the Sacramento Kings to Boston, league sources said. Both of them are two-way players who can score and defend with the best the National Basketball Association have to offer. Even so, Boston did manage to catch a glimpse of former Duke Blue Devils forward Jayson Tatum, who also remains a possibility at No. 3, out in Los Angeles.

Danny Ainge about to stock pile so many draft picks for Jimmy Butler making it impossible for the Bulls to reject… Butler is the better defensive player, while George is a more dynamic scorer of the two. Thus, it did not make much sense to draft a point guard. Boston became aware they weren’t going to select Fultz and slipped down two picks while acquiring another pick. This is exactly the kind of situation where a team that has collected assets like Philadelphia has should cash them in.

Maybe the Celtics can talk about Kevin Love with Cleveland, or if they want to think young D’Angelo Russell with the Lakers (assuming L.A. drafts Lonzo Ball), although either of them moving are long shots. Only time will tell.