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76ers Trade For First Overall Pick of The 2017 NBA Draft

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76ers Trade For First Overall Pick of The 2017 NBA Draft

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. In return, the Celtics will get Philly’s Third overall pick, and two of the 76ers future 1st round picks. With the deal to be finalized by the league on Monday, here is what we know about the Celtics & 76ers trade.

Details of the Trade

The Sixers plan on taking Markelle Fultz, the Freshman point guard from the University of Washington, who is considered to be the top prospect in the 2017 NBA draft according to ESPN’s Chad Ford, and most 2017 Big Boards. The 19-year-old worked out for Philadelphia on Saturday as the deal was in the works. The team’s medical staff was able to review Fultz’s records and gave him clearance, because of this, the trade was able to be agreed upon.

Boston will get the 76ers third overall pick, where there will be a bunch of nice young players to choose from, including the possibility of either Kansas’ Josh Jackson or UCLA’s Lonzo Ball. With young talents such as Duke forward Jayson Tatum, Kentucky’s De’Aron Fox, NC State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and Florida State Forward Jonathon Isaac.

The Celtics, reportedly, will get Philadelphia’s unprotected 2018 1st round pick via the Los Angeles Lakers, and their 2019 first round pick, via the Sacramento Kings. With both of these teams expected to be at the bottom of the barrel for the next few years, the Celtics can continue drafting high in the lottery, even if they continue their recent success of making the playoffs and winning 50+ games. This pick was originally the Brooklyn Nets, which was traded to Boston in the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett blockbuster deal back in 2013.

Sixers on Their Way Up?

Fultz will now team up with the rest of the Sixers young and talented core, including Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Dario Saric, in hopes that the franchise can soon get back to their winning ways. Fultz will provide much-needed scoring on the perimeter while Embiid, Simmons, and Saric will provide unbelievable length in the frontcourt. If all these young players can mesh and play well together, the City of Brotherly Love may not be too far from seeing their team return to the playoffs.