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Celtics trading top pick in 2017 NBA Draft

20 Juin 2017

Reports claimed that the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers agreed to swap their No. 1 and 3 picks, which will take place this Thursday. They would be taking a major risk by holding their assets and not making a trade now.

The story of the draft prior to this bombshell of a deal was who the Sixers would take at No. 3.

The Cavs did not know when they drafted Wiggins that LeBron James would return, presenting Cleveland with a win-now scenario. Clearly, he doesn't much excite the Celtics, either.

Or the guy who might be the best of the bunch, might actually be the No. 3 ranked player on "the board", University of Kansas one-and-doner Josh Jackson, who at 6-foot-8 gives the Celtics some needed athleticism at the forward position.

This set off another Twitter storm throughout Celtics Nation, seeded by alarm over team president Danny Ainge trading away a pick he has held onto and valued for so long, and running the risk of passing on a potential National Basketball Association star.

In the meantime, the highest regarded player in the field turned his attention from the Celtics to the Sixers on Saturday. He contrasts nicely with Brown in the long-term. The Jazz star has been linked to Boston for some time now - Celtics coach Brad Stevens coached Hayward at Butler - and is looking for to join a contending team with enough capital to sign him to a max contract. The Redick rumors could pick up steam after the National Basketball Association draft. But Forsberg also notes that the Celtics don't have to trade any of the picks for players like Butler or Paul George now. They can offer the No. 1 pick for the No. 2 pick along with a big man like Julius Randle or Larry Nance Jr.

Not only that, but Boston also has a large lead in attracting free agents over the next couple of summers that could eventually make them into another "superteam".

The Los Angeles Lakers have the 2nd pick and many analysts project them to take UCLA's Lonzo Ball, a Magic Johnson prototype.

Joel Embiid was among Sixers players who were on hand for the workout.

DraftExpress' updated mock draft Sunday morning has Tatum going third to Boston and Jackson falling to four. "Right now, there's just a ton of fan angst over the one certainty in this, which is Markelle Fultz not becoming a Celtic".

In what will always be the major blemish on Suns general manager Ryan McDonough's report card, his 2015 trade deadline was mostly a disaster. Trading away the ability to draft guard Markelle Fultz - the consensus top player in this draft - is a big move.

The Sixers have picks Nos. "And then there are these trade rumors that could have an effect on the draft order". Fultz is a flawless complement to the team's two building blocks, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, giving the Sixers a guard to go with their potential franchise cornerstone wing and big man. Fultz's shooting ability will allow him to play next to Simmons, and he's also going to be a strong shot creator in his own right. They weren't giving up assets, ever, and more often than not were acquiring them.

Celtics trading top pick in 2017 NBA Draft