Celtics officially trade first overall draft pick to 76ers

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: Washington guard Markelle Fultz (20) talks to his teammates during pregame warmups before a college basketball game between the Washington Huskies and the UCLA Bruins on March 1, 2017, at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. Fultz is injured and did not play. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
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Last Friday, news broke that the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers were in serious discussions regarding a trade involving the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. On Monday, the two teams announced that the deal is now official. In exchange for the top pick in the draft, the Celtics will receive the No. 3 pick and a future first-rounder from the Sixers.

The future first-rounder will convey either next year or in 2019. Boston will receive the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2018 pick if it falls between No. 2 and No. 5 overall. If the pick does not fall in that range, the Celtics will instead receive whichever is more favorable between the 76ers’ and Sacramento Kings’ first-rounders in 2019. If either the ’19 Sixers’ or Kings’ pick happens to be No. 1 overall, however, the Celtics will receive the lesser selection.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge issued the following statement on the deal, “We’re thrilled to be able to select what we expect be an impact player with the third pick in this year’s very talented draft class, while also adding a highly valuable future asset as we continue to build towards Banner 18.”

Boston now owns the rights to as many as seven first-round picks over the next three years. The Celtics also have the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-rounder, the Memphis Grizzlies’ 2018 first-rounder (1-8 protected) and the Los Angeles Clippers’ 2019 first-rounder (lottery protected).

Philadelphia invited presumptive No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz into town for a workout over the weekend. Boston is likely to select either Kansas swingman Josh Jackson, UCLA guard Lonzo Ball or Duke forward Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 selection.

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