Celtics-Sixers trade finalised, Markelle Fultz expected to go No. 1

The Sixers, with the pick they acquired from the Boston Celtics, are projected to take top prospect Markelle Fultz out of the University of Washington Thursday night.Jo Jo seems pretty pumped about it.The 76ers will receive the pick in exchange for the No. 3 overall pick, and either a 2018 first round pick that will be the Lakers pick if it falls between No. 2 and No. 5, or a 2019 first round pick held by either the Kings or the 76ers per reports from ESPN. Philly and Boston thought of it as a win-win situation, with both believing there’s “little difference” in the level of talent between the first and third picks.Who are the likely players that Boston will use its No. 3 pick on? “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”.”I think even before the lottery, we’ve been evaluating these kids for a couple 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 Monday after the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers formally announced their swap.Lonzo Ball of UCLA is expected to go No. 2 to the Lakers, although the sides have yet to reach agreement on a deal.With the acquisition of these two first round picks, the Celtics now potentially own the rights to seven first round selections over the next three years, including picks from Brooklyn (2018), Memphis (2019, protected 1-8), and the LA Clippers (2019, protected 1-14). The Celtics had Duke’s Jayson Tatum in for a workout on Monday and hope to have Kansas’ Josh Jackson in on Tuesday. With an abundance of picks, the Celtics are set up to find more players that could fit their roster better in the future.On Monday, the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers officially completed their blockbuster trade.”This is certainly a trade that is under the microscope more than others“, Ainge said.Boston is sending the first-overall pick to the Sixers for their third-overall pick and a future first rounder.For Philadelphia, another high pick means they’re soon to have one of the best young cores in professional sports.Griffin’s departure comes three days before the draft – the Cavs are now without a pick – and on the eve of free agency. By doing this, the Celtics have passed on a superior talent in Markelle Fultz which has left many fans wondering what GM Danny Ainge has in store for the team’s future.The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games during his lone college season at Washington, excelling on a team that finished 9-22 and lost its final 13 games. Fultz will join a core of Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, and Ben Simmons that could end up being really good. He was the top freshman scorer in the country.