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20 June 2017, 11:07 | Charlene Valdez
While this would normally be a very big disappointment for a team, much of this was actually done purposefully as the 76ers have acquired high draft picks and now have a roster loaded with young talent. The team will receive a 2018 or 2019 draft pick from the 76ers, depending where the 2018 pick ultimately falls. If the Lakers hold a pick between No. 2 and No. 5 next season, Boston now gets that one as well.
The actual details of the trade are more favorable to the Celtics than most reports suggested (I didn't see anyone report Boston could have the option to take Philly's pick in 2019 if the first-rounder rolls over until then). But if either of those picks become the first overall, the Celtics will receive the other pick.
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". "In a sense, we're using house money". While Fultz is clearly a talented player, the Celtics already are very deep at the point guard position. This past season, they had one of the best records in the league and were able to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, but appear to be a couple players away from getting any further. If Tatum or Jackson develop into the players they are projected to be, screwing up the third pick might be just as impossible as screwing up the first pick. "I would venture to say we're going to be sold out this year playing to full capacity every night". While this seems like a blockbuster move, which it is, I think it's just the first domino to fall in what is going to be an exciting offseason in the National Basketball Association.
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to take UCLA guard Lonzo Ball with the second pick. Well, the Celtics had real interest in George past year, diving into serious trade talks with the Pacers to acquire the swing forward at the trade deadline. But apparently the feeling wasn't mutual, if you believe Danny Ainge.
California guard Jabari Bird raved about Pac-12 rival Fultz after the Sixers' Monday predraft workout with the Sixers in a group that featured Kansas guard Frank Mason III and Duke forward Amile Jefferson, a Philadelphia native.
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.
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. George would be a "one-year rental", with George ready to hit free agency after the 2017-18 season.
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