The Sixers, who are expected to select Washington guard Markelle Fultz first overall, traded the No. 3 overall pick and a future first-round pick to the Celtics.
The future first-rounder sent to Boston will either be the Los Angeles Lakers‘ selection next year — if it falls between Nos. 2 and 5 — or a first-rounder in 2019, belonging either to Sacramento or Philadelphia. The teams announced the deal on Monday.
“We’re thrilled to be able to select what we expect [to] be an impact player with the third pick in this year’s very talented draft class, while also adding a highly valuable future asset as we continue to build toward Banner 18,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement.
It will mark the second straight year that Philadelphia selects first overall. The Sixers used the No. 1 pick last year on Ben Simmons, who missed the entire season because of a foot injury.
76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said the trade “puts us in the enviable position of selecting first overall in consecutive draft years.”
“History suggests that No. 1 has the greatest odds of producing franchise-level talent and we are confident that this year’s draft class has that very potential,” Colangelo said. “Thursday night will see us take another significant step toward building a successful and sustainable basketball program.”