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76ers get No. 1 pick, chance to draft Fultz

Karl-Anthony Towns, the no. 1 pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2015 National Basketball Association draft, earned $5,703,600 in his first year despite the first-year salary for 2015-16 being set at $4,753,000.After the pre-draft trade between the Celtics and Sixers was made official yesterday, Celtics GM Danny Ainge held a conference call with reporters to explain his reasoning. “This pick provides us a tremendous opportunity to add another foundational player to our promising core”. He plays harder than anyone in the draft on both ends of the floor.That all changed in the past few days, as Boston surprised the basketball world by trading the first overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, likely sending Fultz to Philly.FILE – In this November 20, 2016, file photo, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball (2) walks by his father LaVar Ball, right, to greet family members after UCLA defeated Long Beach State in an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles.If that’s the case then it really sounds like the Celtics are leaning towards Duke forward Jayson Tatum with that No. 3 overall pick. I say this because he is a very versatile, unique player.The knocks on Markelle Fultz never dealt with talent. “They really liked me”.In order to account for some extreme outliers, here is a look at the median career Win Shares at each pick in the first round. The Celtics would take whichever one is more favorable.Leading up to the draft, Jackson did not work out for the Celtics, so it wasn’t clear whether or not he saw them as a desirable destination.With Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford, Ainge is looking to make a deal like the seven-for-one trade in 2007 that brought Kevin Garnett – and an NBA-record 17th championship – to Boston.”We are certainly aware of our competition”, Ainge said.DULL DRAFT: Neither Golden State nor Cleveland, who met in the NBA Finals, has a pick in the two-round draft. He and his agent, B.J. Armstrong, thought it would be “a waste of time” to go to Boston because the front office was not seriously considering taking him first overall. “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”. “After they got the third pick, we tried to schedule something for me to get out there”.Fultz worked out for the Sixers on Saturday night. It was agreed to in principle at that point, with the last holdup being the customary league approval on the terms. If not, Philadelphia will send Boston either its own first-rounder in 2019 or Sacramento’s first-rounder that year.Boston will receive the 2018 first-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers if that selection falls between the second to 5th picks.Jackson acknowledged that Brown is “a lot stronger” than he is, but said he thrives in transition and Brown is “more of a halfcourt guy”. “But we’re not afraid of that”.