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Celtics Deal Top Overall Pick To 76ers In Pre-Draft Blockbuster

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Never underestimate the power of Trader Danny. 

After multiple reports circulated Friday saying that the Boston Celtics were deep in “serious” trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers, regarding Boston’s top overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, it appears the two sides have pulled off a pre-draft blockbuster.

The deal, which was said to be highly likely to happen in multiple reports on Friday, was reported first by TNT’s David Aldridge.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the C’s will be receiving the third overall pick in the this year’s draft along with potentially two more first rounders from Philly.

The first of the two first rounders is the Lakers’ 2018 first round pick, which the Sixers have rights to. The second is a Sacramento Kings 2019 first round that Philly was also in control of.

So, while the 2018 Lakers pick may stick with Philly, Celtics GM Danny Ainge has once again found a way to add immense depth to his already impressive stockpile of draft picks.

Boston now has the ability to take a player they are reportedly enthralled with, in Kansas’ Josh Jackson, while also having more future picks in hand to either use in the next couple of draft or package for a true elite veteran with service years remaining on his deal.

The C’s had little need for a player with expected top pick Markelle Fultz’ capabilities, as they have a glut of guards on the team, and now have more flexibility to see what they can do in the trade market or upcoming drafts.

The Sixers are expected to use the first overall pick on Fultz, who met with and worked out for the team Saturday afternoon.

 

 

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