Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told reporters he believes the gamer the celts will choose at No. 3 will be the same one they’d took at No. 1 – with speculation being he’ll grab Kansas forward Josh Jackson, after Fultz goes No. 1 to Philadelphia and Lonzo Ball likely goes No. 2 towards the Opposing team.

Philadelphia holds no. 1 pick for that second straight year, and labored Fultz on Saturday night as talks using the Celtics reached the ultimate stages. It had been decided to in principle at that time, using the last holdup to be the customary league approval around the terms.

“I’m incredibly excited that we have acquired no. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s National basketball association draft,” 76ers managing general partner Josh Harris stated. “This pick provides us a significant chance to include another foundational player to the promising core. Bryan and the team did a fantastic job in positioning our company for which we feel is going to be lengthy-term success.”

With Thomas, though, the celts did not always require a point guard – the piece Philadelphia apparently wanted most.

In a nutshell, Philadelphia will get the guard it wanted in Fultz, and Boston will get a draft-pick haul in return for sliding lower 3 spots this season.

Philadelphia will select first for that second straight year. In 2016, the Sixers selected Ben Simmons, who did not play whatsoever throughout the season after breaking a bone in the feet.

For the time being, Boston has seven first-round selections within the next 3 years.

With Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford, Ainge is searching to create a deal such as the seven-for-one exchange 2007 that introduced Kevin Garnett – as well as an National basketball association-record 17th championship – to Boston.

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