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.
On top of its No. 3 overall pick, Philadelphia is also sending the 2018 first-round ?pick it owns via the Los Angeles Lakers, which the Sixers acquired from Phoenix at the 2015 trade deadline.
But if that Lakers pick doesn’t fall between No. 2 and No. 5 in the 2018 draft, Philadelphia will instead send a 2019 first-rounder to Boston that it acquired from the Sacramento Kings.
“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.”
Ainge said Monday that he believes the player the Celtics would have selected with the No. 1 on Thursday will be there when the team picks at No. 3.
“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…