Celtics president Danny Ainge: We are getting the player we want


Ainge also downplayed the suggestion that Boston might have aided what might be its primary Eastern Conference competition down the road and said Boston's front office was unanimous on the decision to move down. First, they can get Josh Jackson to be Brandon Ingram's backup at No. 3 or Jordan Clarkson's backup at No. 2.

While Fultz is clearly a talented player, the Celtics already are very deep at the point guard position.

Boston will receive the 2018 first-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers if that selection falls between the second to 5th picks. We had heard a number of versions of the trade over the weekend, but on Monday we learned the official details regarding the protections on the future pick that will go to the Celtics. He traded the No. 1 pick to the up-and-coming 76ers - a team that also had the No. 1 pick last season, drafting forward Ben Simmons, who has yet to play. He would not reveal the targeted player, but the worst-kept secret is the Sixers will use the pick on Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.

For now, Boston has seven first-round picks in the next three years.

The 76ers are widely expected to select PG Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall selection Thursday. If the pick does not convey from the Lakers next summer, Boston will have two chances to land a lottery pick the following year.

Share went on to have a respectable pro career, averaging 8.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game over nine National Basketball Association seasons, and won a championship with the 1958 St. Louis Hawks. He was the top freshman scorer in the country. The 2019 NBA Draft could have arguably the two most exciting long-term NBA prospects in the world: Marvin Bagley III and Zion Williamson.

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"On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Griff for his leadership and many contributions during his time here, including most recently, his role in the franchise's first NBA Championship", Gilbert said in a statement.

By adding Jackson, the Celtics will have another piece that could help them improve. "We know how good Cleveland and we know how good Golden State is". That future pick is likely to be one previously acquired from either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Sacramento Kings, meaning that Philly is realistically only giving up one of their own picks to move up to the top spot in the draft.

There are some conditions on the future first-rounder Boston gets out of this deal.

The 19-year-old made 41.3 percent of his shots from the college 3-point line.

Colangelo orchestrated a blockbuster trade that became finalized Monday.