76ers, Celtics agree on trade for No. 1 pick

Danny Ainge

However, if either of those 2019 picks result in the first overall selection, Boston will instead receive the other first round pick. "I'm pretty happy that the players here want me to come here".

Still, the Celtics had the franchise player they've been waiting for sitting right in front of them after winning the lottery last month.

Fultz, donning a Philadelphia cap as he arrived at the team's practice facility, visited the 76ers in a hastily arranged get-to-know-you session, with the workout and a meeting with team officials on his itinerary. Simmons was the first No. 1 pick for the Sixers since Hall of Famer Allen Iverson in 1996 and he missed the season as Philadelphia improved its win total to 28.

UCLA's Lonzo Ball has always been linked to his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.

Among Kansas' Josh Jackson and others, Duke forward Jayson Tatum has been one of the names linked to the Celtics with the third pick.

"I don't think [the Celtics] soured on Fultz", said Himmelsbach.

"I've been told there's four guys [the Celtics] generally like in this draft", said Himmelsbach.

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I think we also go after either Jackson or Ball.

The Celtics are also said to be looking for more than two first-rounders from Philadelphia over the next two years. 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.

Rarely do two teams with such complementary interests actually get something done, so kudos to Danny Ainge and Bryan Colangelo for making this trade work. We watched the same Finals that everybody did. "We feel unanimously like this is the right move for us at this time and I have great faith in them". "If two of them are available and there's a chance to swap out again and move down again, maybe they take it".

The 76ers have a top-three pick for the fourth straight year: No. 3 Joel Embiid in 2014, No. 3 Jahlil Okafor in 2015 and Simmons in 2016. It just about assured that Markelle Fultz will not wear Celtics green. It was agreed to in principle at that point, with the last holdup being the customary league approval on the terms - which came Monday. That belief helped power the surprising trade, which sent this year's top pick to Philadelphia for the third pick in this year's draft plus a future first-rounder that will be conveyed either next year or the year after.

The trade is likely to be finalized Monday. "But we're not afraid of that".

With Thomas, though, the Celtics didn't necessarily need a point guard - which is the piece Philadelphia apparently wanted most.

The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games during his lone college season at Washington, excelling on a team that finished 9-22 and lost its final 13 games. Fultz led the Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. 6 among all Division I players, and was the top freshman scorer in the country. He tweeted a photo later Saturday, standing alongside Fultz and Sixers players Ben Simmons and Robert Covington. The question then becomes who is selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

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