When is the NBA draft? 2017 date, schedule, draft order

The 76ers acquired the top overall pick from Boston in exchange for their No. 3 selection and a future first-round pick, according to statements released by both teams. The Celtics will receive a 2018 first round pick (via the Los Angeles Lakers), as long as it falls between No. 2 and No. 5 in the draft. These two scenarios will ensure the Boston Celtics get to pick Markell Fultz. The Celtics will continue to add to their overflowing stockpile of first-round picks with the inclusion of the protected first-round pick.

The player I would take with No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft is... And we'll get an additional player that we want in next year's draft, or the year after.

ANALYSIS: Should the Philadelphia 76ers decide to pick Lonzo Ball, there are other options left for the Los Angeles Lakers who will pick at No. 2.

Danny Ainge, the Celtics' president of basketball operations, said the deal came at no cost to Boston whatsoever.

So we know the Philadelphia 76ers get Markelle Fultz (if they want him). "Bryan and his team have done a great job in positioning our organization for what we believe will be long-term success". But it gets complicated from there thanks to pick protections.

The 19-year-old Fultz will join a line-up of young talent including 20-year-old Simmons, centres Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor, the No.3 picks in 2014 and 2015 respectively, plus Croatian forward Dario Saric.

And that means the Celtics could be gearing up for more moves soon. The Celtics held the number one pick in the draft and it seemed like they were definitely going to take Markelle Fultz, the star point guard out of Washington.

While Ainge isn't going to admit it, Fultz is likely the player they would have selected if they kept the top pick. He shot 47.6 percent, averaged along with 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games during his freshman season with the Huskies, who posted a 9-22 record.

While the pair of top picks getting swapped was the biggest news of the weekend for National Basketball Association fans, an under-the-radar story broke, claiming George informed the Indiana Pacers he would be leaving the team for free agency after the completion of next season with the hopes of signing on with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.

This is the second time Ainge reportedly has turned his nose up at a potential Butler deal.

Fultz attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, just about 130 miles away from Philly.

Share went on to have a respectable pro career, averaging 8.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game over nine National Basketball Association seasons, and won a championship with the 1958 St. Louis Hawks.

  • Julie Sanders