Celtics talking trade with 76ers for No. 1 draft pick


It will be the No. 3 pick along with future first rounders for a player the 76ers have no idea will actually pan out. It's as if Ainge watched the documentary and wanted to relive a moment of Red Auerbach's history.

The most recent offer on the table would have the Sixers sending Boston several draft picks, including the number three overall selection, in exchange for the top pick, which presumably would be Fultz. They're big on defense, so I think the tools that I have to be a defensive player will help them get out in transition. Only Kevin Durant for Texas in 2006-07 and Michael Beasley for Kansas State in 2007-08 were better and they were No. 2 picks in their respective draft classes. This was the year, his luck finally came true, but he traded it.

Boston will acquire the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft and one protected future first-round pick from the Sixers, according to The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach. Since the Lakers don't have their own 2018 pick, they weren't exactly at a place to throw around assets like the Sixers could, without giving away core pieces of their roster.

The Celtics last traded a No. 1 pick in 1980, when they dealt it to the Warriors, who chose Purdue's Joe Barry Carroll. Boston did not need to add to their already crowded backcourt, so it would be a waste to draft Fultz.

Prospects like Josh Jackson, Malik Monk, and Dennis Smith were all nice options, but none of those fit Brett Brown's crew as well as Fultz.

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For the standpoint the deal makes sense.

Or, the Celtics could get really ambitious and go to the Pelicans at the deadline and say: You guys are not making the playoffs, you're going nowhere fast, and if you want to rebuild, here are four 1st round picks. Makes you wonder if the historic season of Isaiah Thomas played a role in his decision, with Boston becoming fully invested in him going forward. There is no need to waste them on a player that has not shown what he can do in the National Basketball Association yet. The team also won in 2015.

Hey, trades are cool, right?

The reputation of Ainge hinges on his next move and how Fultz is in Philly. But it's hard to parse whether Ainge saw something he didn't like in Fultz, whether he thinks he can make another deal that would require more assets, or whether he simply places a whole lot of value on the likes of Thomas, Smart and Bradley.