“Most importantly, we’re taking the next step, I believe, in formulating a solid young core of players that ultimately will lead to a successful and sustainable product”.
Colangelo said he had discussed the Lakers’ 2018 pick, which former GM Sam Hinkie secured for Michael Carter-Williams, with Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren for “a year and a half, it seems”.
Ainge must think he can get a similar talent at No. 3 and was willing to take that gamble. “I think that we have several in the top five or six that could’ve fit a certain way and helped us along”. The 76ers will be giving up their 2018 first-round pick that was received via the Los Angeles Lakers which Philly acquired during the 2015 National Basketball Association season from the Phoenix Suns.
Team Africa will be captained by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Luol Deng, a two-time NBA All-Star who is from the South Sudan, and the Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha, an 11-year NBA veteran whose father was born in South Africa.
“I think they’re both terrific players”, Ainge said.
“This is certainly a trade that is under the microscope more than others“, Ainge said.
The Celtics could be gearing up for more moves.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne also reports Boston could still be in dealing mode after trading the top pick in the draft. The trade only makes sense if they sense Boston would select Jackson at No. 3 overall.
The Celtics-76ers blockbuster trade involving the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday night’s draft is now official. The Eagles used a second-round pick to select cornerback Sidney Jones in the 2017 NFL Draft. “We’ve got pick certainty now”. 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.
The thinking behind the trade, largely, is that the player the Sixers mosts covets in this year’s draft – point guard Markelle Fultz, would not be available by pick 3, whereas the players the Celtics are circling – forward Josh Jackson and forward Jayson Tatum – nearly certainly will still be available at pick 3. Ainge also downplayed the suggestion that Boston might have aided what might be its primary Eastern Conference competition down the road and said Boston’s front office was unanimous on the decision to move down. Now, Philadelphia’s starting lineup looks like Ben Simmons, Fultz, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid.