Celtics officially trade No. 1 pick to 76ers, announce new details about draft pick return
The Celtics have officially traded the No. 1 overall pick to the 76ers.
The team issued a press release Monday with all of the details of the blockbuster deal. In addition to the No. 3 selection this year, the Celtics will also gain the Lakers’ 2018 first-round pick if it’s within the No. 2 to No. 5 range. If it isn’t, the Celtics will receive either the Kings’ or 76ers’ first-round selection in 2019, depending on which is slotted lower. The potential inclusion of Philadelphia’s 2019 first-round pick had not previously been reported by major national outlets.
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When speaking with reporters Monday, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said he doesn’t have any regrets about the trade.
“We felt like it was very close with the top handful of players. And we still feel that way,” he said, via Jay King of MassLive. “We’re still able to get the player we want and acquire another asset. So I think this was a good fit for both teams.”
With this move, the Celtics now possess potentially seven first-round picks over the next three years. They own the capital to make a run at an established star, such as Jimmy Butler, and still build for the future. On ESPN’s “First Take” Monday, Stephen A. Smith said the Celtics also plan to sign free agent forward Gordon Hayward.
Boston reportedly worked out Duke forward Jayson Tatum at its practice facility Monday. Tatum, who’s projected to be picked early in the first round, averaged 16.8 points per game as a freshman.
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