Rarely does an NBA team trade the No. 1 pick in the draft.
But the Boston Celtics are doing it. The Celtics reached a deal in principle that will send the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s draft to the Philadelphia for the No. 3 pick and a future first-rounder.
Washington Huskies guard Markelle Fultz (20) dribbles against UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball (2) …more
The Sixers plan to take Washington guard Markelle Fultz, but it is not known yet what the Celtics will do with No. 3 – Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, Kansas’ Josh Jackson, Duke’s Jayson Tatum and North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith are viable options.
It’s been two-plus decades since a team with the No. 1 pick traded it before the draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014, but that was a special circumstance.
The Cavs did not know when they drafted Wiggins that LeBron James would return, presenting Cleveland with a win-now scenario. Wiggins wasn’t traded until late August, nearly two months after the draft – when the Cavs finally reached an agreement to acquire Kevin Love.
source: USA Today
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