Celtics' Danny Ainge not anxious about trading away No. 1 overall pick

"We are very pleased with the outcome of this trade, which puts us in the enviable position of selecting first overall in consecutive draft years", Philadelphia president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said. The team will receive a 2018 or 2019 draft pick from the 76ers, depending where the 2018 pick ultimately falls. 1 and 3 picks in Thursday night's NBA Draft. The Sixers worked Fultz out on Saturday night as talks with the Celtics got to the final stages.

Possibilities for the Celtics who could still be available at the third pick include forwards Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum. IN will have a hard time getting anything of significant value for George, but the chance at a top-three pick in a package from the Celtics should be enticing enough to pull off the trade.

Lonzo Ball of UCLA is expected to go No. 2 to the Lakers, although the sides have yet to reach agreement on a deal.

"We are certainly aware of our competition", Ainge said. "We came to a conclusion it was the right situation and the right point in the deal progression to make a deal, and we did". If the Lakers hold a pick between No. 2 and No. 5 next season, Boston now gets that one as well. He added, "It was the best offer we had, by a significant margin, and we're still able to get the player that we want in the draft, and acquire another asset".

And that means the Celtics could be gearing up for more moves soon.

"I think even before the lottery, we've been evaluating these kids for a couple of years, and we felt like it was very close with the top handful of players, and we still feel that way", Ainge said in a conference call. If it is not, the Celtics will instead receive either Sacramento's or Philadelphia's first round pick in 2019, whichever is more favorable.

Philadelphia fans and media in favor of the trade say Fultz would mesh well with Simmons. Using that ammunition to bring in George - who averaged a career-high 23.7 points-per-game on 46-percent shooting last season, and is considered a superstar talent by numerous top National Basketball Association minds - makes too much sense for the Celtics not to pull the trigger if they want to try and legitimately compete with the Cavaliers in a depleted Eastern Conference.

The 19-year-old Fultz will join a line-up of young talent including 20-year-old Simmons, centres Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor, the No.3 picks in 2014 and 2015 respectively, plus Croatian forward Dario Saric. As for the Celtics, they add to the absurd war chest of first round draft picks accumulated (nine draft picks in the first rounds of the next two drafts) which they will nearly certainly be using as an all-out assault on bringing in existing franchise talent. 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.

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