Celtics-Sixers trade finalised, Markelle Fultz expected to go No. 1

"I can't wait for the draft on Thursday and continue to move forward". They received Brandon Knight and Kendall Marshall from the Milwaukee Bucks, who received Michael Carter-Williams from the Sixers and Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee from the Suns.

The general manager and team mutually parted ways on Monday when owner Dan Gilbert said Griffin's contract will not be extended once it expires June 30. He's an athletic player who provides a great balance between offense and defense that would suit the Suns' youth movement and provide some cover for the defensive liability that is Devin Booker. "The player chosen may end up being a franchise-level player".

So we know the Philadelphia 76ers get Markelle Fultz (if they want him).

It will mark the second straight year that Philadelphia selects first overall. This only confirmed earlier rumors that Lonzo was looking forward to playing alongside Ben Simmons, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft. "That's our goal and that's where we want to be".

Durant reportedly plans to take about $4 million less than the maximum he is eligible for as a 10-year veteran, giving Golden State flexibility with its cap space. However, the Celtics will receive the lesser pick if either 2019 pick is No. 1 overall. If the Los Angeles Lakers hold a pick between No. 2 and No. 5 next season, Boston gets that one.

Colangelo said he had discussed the Lakers' 2018 pick, which former GM Sam Hinkie secured for Michael Carter-Williams, with Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren for "a year and a half, it seems". They will also have plenty of picks in 2019 as they own their own 2019 pick, Memphis' 2019 pick (if 9+), and the Clippers' 2019 pick (if 15+). Even if a trade involving a star doesn't develop during this year's draft, the Celtics would likely be making two top-3 selections in the 2018 National Basketball Association draft that could become future National Basketball Association superstars.

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"A lot of things are lining up, with hopefully good reason, again to be able to have the opportunity be able to select No. 1 and control our destiny", Colangelo said". "We're not mortgaging our future". "We are using house money here". They felt as though their organization had just thrown away the flawless opportunity to draft a stud point guard in Washington's Markelle Fultz. Fultz, who went to high school in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, led the Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. 6 among all Division I players.

And then there are nuanced takes that dive into the reasoning behind the trade, like this one: The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor laid out an explanation of why Fultz is the ideal fit to play alongside Simmons, a 6-foot-10 point forward. He shot 41.3 percent from 3-point range at Washington, and the 76ers need a shooter.

As the losses piled up for the Sixers for the last four or five years, the ability to get young potential superstars in the draft increased.

"The Bulls were talking to the Philadelphia 76ers". The 76ers are 75-253 since then.

And the rumored players on the move - Chicago's Jimmy Butler, Indiana's Paul George and most recently, New York's Kristaps Porzingis - have all been tied to the Celtics in some fashion.

Philadelphia gave fans a possible glimpse of the future when it won 10 of 15 games in January.

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