Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics Reportedly Agree to Swap First-Round Picks

But while Colangelo’s shot fired Ainge’s way could be a bit of gamesmanship with a rival he’s expecting to battle against as the East’s next great team, it was more a sign of respect from Colangelo, who admitted that it’s hard to do business with Ainge because they know one another so well dating back to their days with the Suns.

The Celtics reached a deal in principle that will send the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s draft to the Philadelphia for the No. 3 pick and a future first-rounder.

And now, just days before the draft, the spotlight and drama shift to Hollywood, as the Lakers must decide whether or not Lonzo Ball is their point guard of the future.

This is a flawless move for the Sixers. Philly will essentially be adding two No. 1 picks in the 2017-18 season, as they drafted Ben Simmons No. 1 previous year, but an injury kept him from playing at all. During his visit, the 19-year-old was seen wearing a Philadelphia cap, and even took a photo with Embiid, Simmons, and Robert Covington.

The Celtics now have rights to seven first round #Draft Picks over the next three years.

But when viewing Embiid’s latest post, the Sixers players themselves clearly couldn’t be happier with the move.

What is Danny Ainge thinking?

The Boston Celtics, the runners up in the Eastern Conference, are sitting pretty near the top of the 2017 NBA Draft pecking order. “Just being with a young team”, Fultz said.

If the Lakers pick does not fall in that range in 2018, the Celtics will choose between the Kings’ first-round pick in 2019 (which now belongs to the 76ers) or the 76ers’ own first-round pick in 2019. From there, the last three in the top five will be: Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, Kansas’ Josh Jackson and Duke’s Jayson Tatum. Only time can tell.

From the Pacers’ standpoint, a trade with Boston also makes sense, considering the entire league is aware George is now a rental for the season, which diminishes his value and makes him a logical addition to teams trying to win now and not in the future.

The Boston Celtics made the trade of the No.1 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76er’s official on Monday.

However, the Lakers could be a good team next season. In which case, all hope rests on the Kings being the Kings and still being terrible in two seasons. Fultz, who went to high school in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, led the Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. 6 among all Division I players. If Boston elects to wait a year or two before going all in, Jackson would be a good building block.

Fultz’s rise to stardom has been rapid. Jahlil Okafor could also play as 2015’s third overall pick. These are Blake Griffin and Gordon Hayward, both now with Western Conference teams.