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Sixers Trade For First Overall Pick In 2017 NBA Draft

20 June 2017

That's the most important takeaway of the Sixers' trade with the Boston Celtics, which was officially confirmed Monday afternoon.

Fultz, the versatile Washington guard who worked out for the Sixers on Saturday evening, is the consensus top player and clearly the best fit in Brett Brown's system.

Jo Jo seems pretty pumped about it.

Barring any other changes before Thursday, the first four spots in this year's draft order would mirror the first-four from last year: Philadelphia at No. 1, the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, Boston at No. 3 and Phoenix at No. 4.

The Sacramento Kings have been linked to Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox throughout much of the pre-draft process, and even discussed trading for the No. 3 pick to get him before the 76ers dealt the pick to the Celtics.

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"We think it's very good value", said Ainge.

Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today that the team has acquired the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Boston Celtics.

If the Celtics get the pick next year ...

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The Celtics will receive the Los Angeles Lakers' 2018 first-rounder if it falls between Nos. The Celtics move down to number three and also land a "favorably-protected" future first round pick.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Washington's Markelle Fultz appears to be the clear choice at No. 1, as he is getting odds of -5000 to be taken with the top pick.

Boston is expected to decide between a pair of highly regarded forwards, Kansas' Josh Jackson and Duke's Jayson Tatum. They have a solid roster of good players, if not superstars, led by Thomas and Al Horford and complemented by Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley. They selected Ben Simmons past year, but he missed all of the 2016-17 season with a broken foot.

Lakers looking to add another first-round draft pick, sources say: ESPN: Los Angeles now holds the second and 28th picks in this year's draft.

Even with the trade, Philadelphia still will have a combined three first-round picks in the 2018 and 2019 drafts. The general manager and team mutually parted ways on Monday when owner Dan Gilbert said Griffin's contract will not be extended once it expires June 30, AP reports. The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014, but that was a special circumstance.

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