To Danny Ainge, there was a simple logic to the Celtics' blockbuster trade that sent the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft to the 76ers for their third overall pick plus a future first-rounder.
The Los Angeles Lakers' 2018 first-round pick (which the Sixers now own the rights to) if it ends up being pick 2, 3, 4, or 5 overall. Boston would get the more favorable of those two selections, but not No. 1.
The deal was completed yesterday when Markelle Fultz passed his physical at the Sixers training facility in Camden, N.J. Both sides will announce the trade today.
They took Ben Simmons No. 1 overall, but he hasn't played one minute since breaking a bone in his foot in training camp before last season.
Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Huskies, who stumbled to a 9-22 record. "Sitting in the No. 1 spot, we couldn't be in a better place. We think there's a really good chance that we'll take at three, the same player we would have taken at one; an impactful asset".
What their trade partner has up his sleeve is more muddled. We can zero in on the fine details of that selection.
The Sixers, meanwhile, settled in for a lengthy evening with Fultz that included a workout, physical exam, media session and dinner.
"I think Boston's two primary free-agent targets right now are Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin". "He can shoot. I thought (in college) he could do everything offensively". The Celtics believe that their choice will still be available at No. 3 and they gain another first-round pick in the process. We came to a conclusion that it was the right situation and the right point in the deal progression that we would make a deal, and we did. "It was again a valued proposition that we felt was correct to make".
GM, Danny Ainge and his Celtics just traded the known (Markelle Fultz) for the unknown. Colangelo could use a package of second-rounders - the Sixers have Nos.
"There's a lot of interest in our picks", Colangelo said. A few suitors have made themselves present. Philadelphia native Kevin Hart always joked that the Sixers were rebuilding for 2020, but the joke is looking more and more like reality every day. Ainge also downplayed the suggestion that Boston might have aided what might be its primary Eastern Conference competition down the road and said Boston's front office was unanimous on the decision to move down.