The information pump has been confirmed: the Celtics will pick the No. 1 draft, but that choice will belong to the Sixers. Boston has reached an agreement to cross the 2017 stellar election, presumably base Markelle Fultz.
David Aldridge, TNT and the official website of the NBA, has advanced the agreement that is virtually closed, while it was Adrian Wojnarowski who set the terms.
That first draft pick would go to the Sixers in exchange for the third (predictably Josh Jackson, although Jayson Tatum is not ruled out) and a first round of the 2018 draft or 2019.
The latter two would be exclusive conditions. Boston would stay with the first round of 2018 if it was placed between the 2nd and 5th positions. This is a choice that came to Sixers via the Lakers. If not, they would opt for the 2019 selection, which arrives via Kings.
The Boston Maneuver
Markelle Fultz is the object of everyone’s desire ahead of the June 22 gala, but Boston Celtics has an excellent first place finish with Isaiah Thomas as starter and Marcus Smart as an alternate. The team must reinforce itself in other places of the field.
That’s why, in principle, the Celtics are interested in more players like Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum. But beyond that, the Boston maneuver could be in getting more important pieces at the time of closing a trapaso that takes to Boston to a star player, a solid player of present, a player that can give to the equipment the definitive leap for Fight for the title.
As for the Sixers, they will continue to build up young talent. In 2014 they made Joel Embiid in third place in the draft; In 2015, in that same position, Jahlil Okafor; In 2016 they were left with the number 1, Ben Simmons, that has not yet made debut in the NBA; And in 2017 will take again the first election, which will correspond in principle to Markelle Fultz. They do need to strengthen the base position.