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The player Philadelphia wants is clear: The 76ers wouldn't say it Monday, but they're going to take Fultz barring something cataclysmic happening before Thursday. As for the Celtics, they add to the absurd war chest of first round draft picks accumulated (nine draft picks in the first rounds of the next two drafts) which they will nearly certainly be using as an all-out assault on bringing in existing franchise talent. According to Draft Express which listed mock drafts even before the trade happened where Philadelphia gets the No. 1 pick, Markelle Fultz is the solid choice, the only choice for the Boston Celtics. If it doesn't, Boston will get either the 76ers' or the Kings' pick in 2019. Perhaps they think another player, like Kansas' Josh Jackson, will be as good as Fultz, so they took the opportunity to gain more assets by moving down in the draft.

All in all, this looks like a very worthwhile gamble made by Bryan Colangelo and the Sixers front office.

Regardless of what moves they eventually decide to make, the trade between Boston and Philly will certainly solidify a long-standing rivalry to return back to its competitive days. "It's a good deal for both teams".

Ainge was especially pleased with the additional first-round value he was able to squeeze out of trading down two slots in a deal that was finalized today.

2 through No. 5. They are limited in signing top talent to Chicago as they await with what Dwayne Wade will do with his payer option that could play him over $25 million.

For the Sixers, a team who has been acquiring draft picks and "trusting the process" for years now, this trade is precisely the type of move the team had been preparing to make.


Possibilities for the Celtics who could still be available at the third pick include forwards Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum.

Many around the National Basketball Association believe the Celtics could be gearing up for a big trade that could land them a superstar before they even go into free agency with cap space. The Sixers used the No. 1 pick past year on Ben Simmons, who missed the entire season because of a foot injury. But draft picks are the most coveted and easiest to trade, and Boston is overflowing.

With Thomas, though, the Celtics didn't necessarily need a point guard - which is the piece Philadelphia apparently wanted most.

Fultz, who recently turned 19, averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists as a freshman on a Washington team that went 9-22. Fultz would join Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Simmons.

The biggest move is already almost complete, with a big trade for the No. 1 overall pick is set to shake up the top of the NBA Draft board.

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