It's official: Celtics announce completion of trade with Sixers

It's official: Celtics announce completion of trade with Sixers

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics are no different than most NBA teams that have a clear and well-defined pecking order for draft prospects. 
But the more they evaluated the available talent in this draft, the clearer it became to the Celtics that the separation that they were looking for between players, just wasn’t as great as they were hoping it would be.
So for them, being open to moving the number one overall pick made a lot of sense. 


Boston’s trading away the No. 1 overall pick became official on Monday when the C's sent it to Philadelphia in exchange for the No. 3 pick in Thursday’s draft as well as a future first-round pick in 2018 (from the Los Angeles Lakers if it’s in the 2-5 range) or a 2019 pick from Philadelphia or Sacramento, whichever is the better of the two picks. If either team ends up with the top overall pick, the Celtics will get the other team’s first round pick. 
“We’ve been evaluating these kids for a couple of years,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told reporters via conference call on Monday. “We felt it was very close in the top handful of players; we still feel that way. We think there’s a really good chance that we’ll take at three, the same player we would have taken at one; an impactful asset.”
Boston is expected to decide between a pair of highly regarded forwards, Kansas’ Josh Jackson and Duke’s Jayson Tatum.
“We are very, very excited about what we’ve been able to accomplish the last few days getting this trade done with Philadelphia,” Ainge said. “I can’t wait for the draft on Thursday and continue to move forward. 

Ainge added, “We’ll get a player we like in addition to further assets.”

Markelle Fultz could work out with Kings amid conflicting reports

Markelle Fultz could work out with Kings amid conflicting reports

First, it was reported Markelle Fultz would only work out for the Celtics. Now, conflicting reports from the Sacramento Bee leave question of a potential workout with the Kings. 

Fultz, the consensus top overall pick in this month’s NBA draft, was in Boston this week, with word spreading that other teams wouldn’t get to work him out. Yet the Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin reported early Friday morning that the Kings, who own the fifth and 10th picks in the draft, could hold a workout with the player. 

Later on Friday morning, Jason Jones of the same outlet reported that Fultz would not meet with the Kings this weekend, but that something could still happen between the two teams. 

Top prospects limiting their pre-draft workouts is not uncommon. In addition to Fultz keeping short list, projected No. 2 Lonzo Ball declined a workout with the Celtics and will only meet with the Lakers, which he did this week. 

A potential three-way deal for players and prospects

A potential three-way deal for players and prospects

All week, my peeps here at CSN came up with a variety of trade scenarios that would potentially land the Celtics that coveted “superstar” that fans have constantly said they need.
Well, a couple of things became abundantly clear in this little social experiment of ours.
Finding consensus on who that star player should be, while putting together a package that made sense for both sides, is A LOT easier said than done.


I hear folks complain all the time about why Danny Ainge didn’t go get (pick a player who is really good), while not really thinking much about how much it would cost Boston in terms of players and picks.


While the pursuit of a superstar player hasn’t gone as well as folks would like, Ainge has shown an ability to acquire lots of assets that have shown promise in time.
So rather than spend today looking at more ways Boston can add that “superstar” player, my CSN colleagues have taken a previous trade scenario put out there by Bill Simmons, and tweaked it to come up with a way for Boston to do what Ainge does and that’s collect assets (and a couple of nice throw-in players along the way).
Sixers 2017 pick (3rd overall)
Dario Saric
Lakers 2018 pick (now owned by Philadelphia)
Jahlil Okafor
2017 Number 1 Pick
Jae Crowder
OK, let’s pause right there.
If I’m the Celtics, I’m all over this deal. You add proven talent up front with Saric and Okafor, a nice young piece with the No. 3 pick and a future asset that will likely be a lottery selection.
But if I’m Philly . . .  there’s no way in hell I would even consider doing this deal. As good as Markelle Fultz will be someday and as valuable as I believe Crowder is to winning games, the Sixers would be giving up way too much in this deal. Saric will be a top-3 vote-getter in the rookie of the Year race this season. And with Joel Embiid’s far-from-certain health status, there’s no way the Sixers would part with the one healthy big man they have who produces consistently. Okafor would be a nice addition, but he would definitely have to be part of a bigger trade package if it means parting ways with the top overall pick in this year’s draft.
Like I said, my biggest issue with this deal is has no chance of getting serious consideration by Philly because, 1) the chances of it working out for Philly are slim to none, and 2) it’s just not sellable to their fans who, frankly, deserve better than the way this organization has taken them and their loyalty for granted in recent years with their Tank-a-pa-looza approach to team building.
So after totally dumping on that scenario, I’m told that was just the first part of a bigger trade that would then rope in another struggling NBA team, the Sacramento Kings.
2017 No. 5 and 10 picks from Sacramento
2017 3 pick
So according to these two trades, the Celtics would wind up with the following . . .
2017 No. 5 pick (Josh Jackson?)
2017 No. 10 pick (Dennis Smith?)
2018 Lakers pick
Dario Saric
Jahlil Okafor
For . . . 

2017 first round pick
Jae Crowder

Okay, I love the creativity of this trade. And, if you think about it, its kind of what you expect Danny Ainge to pull off.
But just like my response to the first part of this trade, I don’t think the teams Boston would be dealing with are getting enough in return.

I already addressed how I see the Sixers totally getting screwed in such a deal. And the Kings don’t make out any better. For them to give up a pair of lottery picks to move up to the No. 3 spot, I just don’t see that happening unless they become absolutely convinced that Josh Jackson of Kansas, D’Aaron Fox of Kentucky or Jayson Tatum of Duke is a must-have addition for them out of this draft.
But at least one of those guys will be available for the taking at No. 5. Do the Kings roll the dice and hope their guy is there (if it’s Jackson they can forget about it), or trade up for the guy they want? And if they trade up two spots, is that player really worth a pair of lottery picks (Nos. 5 and 10th overall this year) in a top-heavy draft like this one?
It all seems way too improbable to see coming to fruition.
But would any of us be totally shocked if Ainge pulled off such a deal?