Celtics, 76ers finalize blockbuster deal to swap top picks

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The trade that has sent shockwaves through the National Basketball Association all weekend - Philadelphia acquires Boston's No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's draft in exchange for the No. 3 and a future first-rounder - became official Monday, signaling the 76ers are serious about winning now and the Celtics are planning ... something.

The Sixers are fully expected to take Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the top pick.

Jo Jo seems pretty pumped about it. It could be a 2018 pick that originally belonged to the Lakers, if it falls between the second and fifth slots, but if that doesn't happen, Boston will receive the better of either Philadelphia's or Sacramento's 2019 first-rounders, barring one of those being the first overall that year.

The usually ho-hum NBA Draft suddenly got incredibly interesting overnight, with the confirmation of the long-suspected trade between Philly and the Boston Celtics, that will now see the Sixers pick first overall in the draft, rather than the Boston boys. "I'll do whatever it takes to help any team I go to win". The difference in salary between the first pick and third pick is $1.4 million, and every dollar matters if the Celtics are trying to land a player such as Utah's Gordon Hayward or Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin.

"We'll still be able to get the player we want in the draft".

But the Sixers undoubtedly view their successful trade with the Celtics in which the Sixers have nabbed the No. 1 overall pick from Boston, as their biggest one yet.

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

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The most complete player in the draft, Fultz is also the best option to pair to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

The Celtics and 76ers had agreed on the parameters of a deal on Saturday night after Philadelphia held a workout with Fultz, who will become the fourth No 1 overall pick in franchise history by the 76ers at the draft to be held in Brooklyn.

The most interesting aspect of the trade is the future first-round pick.

"First of all, Embiid, he and I have been talking before when I was in college", Fultz said. "I would venture to say we're going to be sold out this year playing to full capacity every night".

But Fultz is the only prospect who can do all of the things the Sixers need in a player. Well, the Celtics had real interest in George a year ago, diving into serious trade talks with the Pacers to acquire the swing forward at the trade deadline.

Which brings us to today's quiz of the day.

"Another realistic scenario? The Celtics use No. 3 and the newly-acquired Lakers/Kings pick to make another run at either Jimmy Butler or Paul George".

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