According to a release by the 76ers, the future first-round pick that Boston will receive will be the Los Angeles Lakers’ first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, provided that such pick is No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, or No. 5 in the 2018 NBA Draft. “I’m a pretty good shot-blocker for a point guard so I think helping them with that”, Fultz said in his post-workout media availability.
If the deal goes down, the first four spots in the draft order would exactly mirror the first-four order from a year ago. Yes, to a lot of people “The Process” is a state of mind but to many inside the franchise it is a period of time known for collecting draft picks and freeing up cap space for the future.
In 2013, Boston acquired the No. 1 pick through the Nets’ disastrous draft-night deal that landed aging stars Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry in Brooklyn for a package that included three unprotected first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 plus the right to swap picks this year. The trade will most likely be finalized early this week. Last year, the Sixers selected LSU’s Ben Simmons, who missed the entire season with injury.
The Celtics could be gearing up for more moves.
Fultz, barring something shocking, will join a core in Philadelphia that includes Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and 2017 Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. After finishing with the No. 1 seed in the East this season, they are trying to package some of their picks for an established star that could help them close the gap on National Basketball Association finalists Cleveland and Golden State.
When word quickly spread that the Boston Celtics were serious about trading away the top overall pick to Philadelphia, there was sense among Celtics Nation that Danny Ainge was about to pull another fast-one.
The spotlight for now is trained on Jackson that Boston hope to make No. 3 pick this year. Fultz ended his freshman season averaging 23.2 points, 5.8 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.