76ers acquire No. 1 pick from Celtics, eye Fultz

Danny Ainge shed some light on his motives for sending the No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia for the No. 3 and a highly protected first-rounder down the road.

Jo Jo seems pretty pumped about it. That future pick is likely to be one previously acquired from either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Sacramento Kings, meaning that Philly is realistically only giving up one of their own picks to move up to the top spot in the draft. If it's the No. 1 pick or No. 6 or later, Boston will receive the better of the two picks the Sixers have in the 2019 draft, unless one of those picks is No. 1 overall, then the Celts get the lower choice.

TOP PICK? Markelle Fultz is expected to go first in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Since the news spread over the weekend of the trade, many National Basketball Association fans have already begun trusting in the process.

Despite finishing 28-54 last season, we saw some huge improvements from Philadelphia after a 10-72 campaign in 2015-16, but this next season could be a breakthrough.

Last season, the Sixers selected LSU standout Ben Simmons, though he never played after suffering a broken bone in his foot toward the end of training camp. It has been years for the Sixers since they've been even remotely close to contention, but the wait might soon pay off as they appear poised to add Markelle Fultz to a team that has been loading up on high picks for a while.

"I thought they needed to get multiple assets back, at least three, maybe a player, something along those lines". The Celtics only get the Lakers pick if it falls between No. 2 and No. 5. "They're getting the player they want", he said.

"We felt that the value of adding the one pick now was the right thing at the expense of only losing one of four (in 2018 and '19) going forward", he said.

Griffin's departure comes on the anniversary of the Cavs' dramatic Game 7 win over Golden State, capping a historic comeback that gave Cleveland its first major professional sports championship since 1964.

As a result, the Sixers are free to pick Washington point guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall selection in the National Basketball Association draft. He's an athletic player who provides a great balance between offense and defense that would suit the Suns' youth movement and provide some cover for the defensive liability that is Devin Booker.

Plus, the Sixers have four second-round picks in Thursday's draft and, per spotrac.com, the most cap space in the National Basketball Association.

Fultz 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.

He traveled from Maryland to work out for the team on Saturday night as trade talks heated up. But I think we're still moving on the same path.

Sixers big man Joel Embiid tweeted a photo of himself with Fultz, Simmons and Robert Covington along with the caption: "This should be legendary if it happens".

  • Julie Sanders