In return, the Celtics receive Philly's No. 3 overall pick in 2017, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers' protected first-round pick (via the Sixers) in 2018. If things go the wrong way for Boston in the 2018 and 2019 lotteries, this could become a really bad deal, but most likely, the Celtics will receive a pair of top five picks for their No. 1 this year and it will be considered a fair trade.
Our short local nightmare is over, as the Sixers and Celtics have completed the trade that will bring the top overall pick to Philadelphia.
With the acquisition of these two first round picks, the Celtics now potentially own the rights to seven first round selections over the next three years, including picks from Brooklyn (2018), Memphis (2019, protected 1-8), and the LA Clippers (2019, protected 1-14).
It's unclear whom Celtics will select with the No. 3 pick on Thursday, but there were reports that they liked Kansas forward Josh Jackson more than Fultz, which could have been an impetus for making the deal.
"The odds are in your favor at No. 1, more so than in any other position in the draft, that the player chosen may end up being a franchise-level player", Colangelo said.
Boston holds the third pick after trading down in the draft in a deal with Philadelphia.
"Thursday night will see us take another significant step toward building a successful and sustainable basketball program".
For now, Boston has seven first-round picks in the next three years.
In 1950, the Celtics, coming off a 22-46 season, took Bowling Green center Chuck Share with the No. 1 pick, then traded him to the Fort Wayne Pistons one year later, before Share had played his first National Basketball Association minute.
It will be the fourth time in franchise history that the Sixers will have the No. 1 selection. "Bryan and his team have done a great job in positioning our organization for what we believe will be long-term success".
Don't cry too much for the Celtics. They drafted Ben Simmons No. 1 previous year, Allen Iverson in 1996 and Doug Collins in 1973.
The 6-foot-4 Fultz, who has a wingspan of 6-9¾, averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and shot 41.3 percent from 3-point land during his only collegiate season.