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Sixers GM takes jab at Danny Ainge following trade

The trade that has sent shockwaves through the National Basketball Association all weekend – Philadelphia acquires Boston’s No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s draft in exchange for the No. 3 and a future first-rounder – became official Monday, signaling the 76ers are serious about winning now and the Celtics are planning … something.Bryan Colangelo, the 76ers president of basketball operations, played coy about the pick even after swapping the first and third picks with Boston and giving up a future number one pick to get the first choice of unclaimed talent.Boston will receive the 2018 first-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers – if that selection falls between the No. 2 to No. 5 range.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).Jackson, who played for the University of Kansas for one season, is expected to be a top pick during tonight’s National Basketball Association draft. The Sixers had pursued the trade with the Celtics for the No. 1 pick since the draft lottery. The 76ers were in position to make the deal because of the assets they acquired under former general manager Sam Hinkie.”This is certainly a trade that is under the microscope more than others“, Ainge said.So much so that he cracked a joke at the expense of Celtics president Danny Ainge. 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. If other teams weren’t willing to give up multiple future picks for the opportunity to draft Markelle Fultz, than maybe he isn’t as great as we think he will be? The Celtics could simply stay put and draft a future potential star, or trade down for more picks and more cap space to make a run at a perennial All-Star.Adding Hayward could potentially be the start of something special for the Celtics.”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. For now, Boston has seven first-round picks in the next three years.The 19-year-old Fultz will join a line-up of young talent including 20-year-old Simmons, centres Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor, the No.3 picks in 2014 and 2015 respectively, plus Croatian forward Dario Saric.The trade will likely result in the Sixers drafting standout Washington guard Markelle Fultz, who is widely regarded as the top prospect in the draft.Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for the University of Washington Huskies, who went 9-22.