The process is in full effect for the Philadelphia 76ers; What does this trade mean for the Boston Celtics?
Trade between Philly and Boston will be finalized on Monday, per source. Sides have agreed. Sixers will get first pick and take Fultz.
The Sixers will take Markelle Fultz as the first draft pick in the 2017 draft. Fultz will fit perfectly in Philadelphia. His ability to play off/on ball will be tremendous for the 76ers.
Before this trade took place, Philadelphia had plans to let Ben Simmons run point guard heading into the 2017 season, now that they have a point guard in Fultz, we will see a unique style of basketball in Philadelphia.
Adding Fultz to the team can allow Simmons to play point forward. We will see the playmaker Simmons and the off ball/ on ball athletic point guard Fultz in full action next season. Similar to what LeBron James does for the Cleveland Cavaliers as a playmaker, we will see that from Simmons.
In addition to the No. 3 pick, the Celtics will get a 2018 first round pick via the Lakers or a 2019 first-round pick via the Sacramento Kings, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
This deal can be inferred that the Celtics didn’t want any issues with their back court. Boston is pretty clear and upfront that they like Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley as their starting back court.
Drafting Fultz would have possibly resolved into trading Bradley or Thomas to create more playing time for the rookie. With the number three draft pick, Boston will possibly select Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum. Even if the Lakers, with the number two draft pick, draft Jackson there’s not a guarantee they will select Lonzo Ball.
Fultz and Sixers center Joel Embiid almost made it known that the deal will be done on social media.
Embiid tweeted out a picture with Fultz, Ben Simmons, Robert Covington and himself, saying, “This should be legendary.”
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 18, 2017
Fultz engaged in telling the deal before it went viral by retweeting ESPN tweet, “The Future of the Process.”
The future of the process?
— ESPN (@espn) June 18, 2017
Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated