76ers get No. 1 pick from Celtics

"I am incredibly excited that we've acquired the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft", Josh Harris, Sixers Managing General Partner, said. Otherwise, the Celtics will have a choice of first-rounders in 2019 - either from Sacramento or Philadelphia, whichever pick is higher.

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. No other team in the National Basketball Association possesses an already established core with a surplus of draft picks and cap space. Those start directly with pick No. 2. They're getting the player they want.

Less than two weeks removed from the NBA finals, the association is already grabbing headlines as it gears up for the offseason. But draft picks are the most coveted and easiest to trade, and Boston is overflowing.

But despite the back and forth about whether Ball will don the purple and gold or not, signs are beginning to point toward the inevitable anyway. Los Angeles is the -260 betting favorite to draft Ball, while any other team is +200. But how far will the Lakers take the deal? It just makes too much sense for the Lakers and Pacers to get something worked out. Forwards Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum seem like the best bets, but what we really need to know are the Vegas odds Boston deals the pick as part of a package for a major impact player like Jimmy Butler.

Philadelphia went 28-54 this past season, after winning 19, 18 and 10 games respectively in the previous three seasons.

"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.

NY is conveniently located between both cities and 76ers fans have made the trip here frequently over the last couple years as their team has had high picks - including the No. 1 choice the last two years. Considering the Mavericks are well versed in overseas scouting, the potential selection of Ntilikina should he be on the board at No. 9 makes more than enough sense. That conversation led to additional dialogue that ultimately resulted in the blockbuster deal. The Bulls would likely be interested in numerous Celtics' assets including the team's No.3 pick this year, the Nets' first round pick next year, the Lakers' first round pick next year, and a few players from the team's core (Brown/Crowder/Marcus Smart/Avery Bradley).

When the Boston Celtics traded down for the No. 3 overall pick, the debate began for who they would select instead of Markelle Fultz.

Markkanen was asked about potentially playing with or replacing Porzingis, who team president Phil Jackson told MSG Network on Wednesday the Knicks are taking calls about after he left NY without attending his exit interview.

The Knicks and Bulls reportedly are high on Jackson. While there have been inquires on the No. 2 pick, sources said it remains unlikely the Lakers would trade out of that position.

The 47-year-old Griffin had been Cleveland's GM since May 2014.

  • Julie Sanders