76ers get No. 1 pick from Celtics, chance to draft Markelle Fultz

Although giving up the first pick has happened in the past, it's still rare that both teams involved are so happy to make it happen, like the Celtics and Sixers are.

Anytime a team is awarded the No. 1 overall pick in a draft, it's an fantastic opportunity to snag the next Hall of Fame player.

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.

76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said the trade "puts us in the enviable position of selecting first overall in consecutive draft years".

"Most importantly we're taking the next step, I believe, in formulating a solid young core of players that ultimately will lead to a successful and sustainable product", Colangelo said.

The team announced Monday it had acquired the No. 1 overall pick in a trade with the Boston Celtics. He would not reveal the targeted player, but the worst-kept secret is the Sixers will use the pick on Washington point guard Markelle Fultz. With the 2nd and 28th overall picks, they have a great opportunity with those assets to trade down and accumulate more talent in this draft. 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.

Celtics fans have been leery about moving down, particularly with all the buzz about Fultz.

And that means the Celtics could be gearing up for more moves soon.

Boston has already been linked to names like Paul George and Jimmy Butler, while The Vertical's Chris Mannix mentioned Anthony Davis as a player it'd love to add. Ainge might cash in all of those chips sooner than we expected. However, he could be considered a genius for getting the player he wanted anyways plus an additional asset. They could attempt to package some draft picks and move up for another potential first-round pick. The 19-year-old exploded onto the college basketball scene with the UCLA Bruins last season, averaging 14.6 points per game to go along with 7.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game, making him an early candidate to be this year's top pick.

"What scares me about Fultz is his one-and-done team resume at Washington", Brookover wrote.

Ainge noted that Philadelphia's trade offer was the best Boston received for the No. 1 pick and "by a significant margin".

Regardless of what moves they eventually decide to make, the trade between Boston and Philly will certainly solidify a long-standing rivalry to return back to its competitive days.

Information from ESPN's Chris Forsberg was used in this report.

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