Some big news has broken ahead of the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft.
Although the Boston Celtics made it deep into playoffs, they landed this year’s No. 1 pick in the draft. However, they’ve agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers to swap the Nos. 1 and 3 picks in this week’s draft.
Furthermore, Philly plans to use the first pick to draft former Washington guard Markelle Fultz.
In exchange, the Celtics will receive at least one additional first-round pick in the deal. In addition to the No. 3 overall pick this summer, they will also get the 2018 first-round pick it owns from the Lakers. But, if that Lakers pick doesn’t fall between No. 2 and No. 5 in the 2018 draft, Philly will instead send a 2019 first-round pick from Boston that it acquired from the Sacramento Kings.
According to the L.A. Times, the other top five picks have already been chosen.
The report says that the Los Angeles Lakers will use the No. 2 overpick on UCLA guard Lonzo Ball. From there, the last three in the top five will be: Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, Kansas’ Josh Jackson and Duke’s Jayson Tatum.
“It’s going to be those five guys,” one NBA executive whose team has a mid-first-round pick told the Times. “But the order they are going to be in, nobody knows. Some teams are sending out smoke signals. And then there are these trade rumors that could have an effect on the draft order.”
The 2017 NBA Draft will take place on June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Stay tuned.