Philly and Boston swap top 5 picks

The Boston Celtics made the first big splash of the offseason by agreeing to trade the No.1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers, and it might be the precursor to an even bigger deal.

Multiple media outlets reported the deal will happen and once it becomes official, the 76ers intend to use the pick on Fultz in Thursday's draft at Barclays Center in NY. Either a 2-for-1 with draftees: Fultz in exchange for whoever the C's take at No.3 AND whoever they take next year between 2 and 5 with that protected Lakers pick.

Joel Embiid was among Sixers players who were on hand for the workout.

Little more than a month ago, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge smiled as he walked out to meet with a pack of reporters. As talented as Fultz is, this draft is said to have several potential stars, not just one.

Now, who knows what the team at No. 3 - the Celtics or otherwise - does in that situation. It's up to Brett Brown to ensure the Philadelphia offense utilizes both Fultz and Simmons in that capacity, with the Portland Trail Blazers' backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum as a good model.

But if the Celtics are picking, an obvious questions arises.

At the end of the day, ratings mean that people are watching games.

Do the Suns consider moving up more or less because of this? Viewership, after all, is the primary driver of the market value of the rights to broadcast games. He's got terrific size for his position and captained one of the best offenses in country past year, but he's not a great shot creator. At what point should the fans of the game be concerned with enjoying watching competitive contests where either team has a legitimate shot of prevailing? However, the Celtics did not just acquire draft picks for the sake of acquiring draft picks. The Warriors are one of the most remarkable teams ever assembled; that's partly it seemed wise to keep the No. 1 pick, build out the young core, and exercise patience while keeping eyes open for any monster win-now opportunities. Word has spread for weeks now that Boston is enamored with Kansas forward Josh Jackson, and by making this move he will nearly certainly be their pick.

And believe it or not, this past spring, it didn't appear that the league was very far from that. In 1986, Philadelphia moved the No. 1 selection (Brad Daugherty, who made five all-star appearances in eight seasons) for veteran Roy Hinson, who didn't move the needle, and cash.

Discussing whether Danny Ainge was right matters less than trying to figure out what Danny Ainge is doing next. They may be beyond more fixable than a top pick. There is quite a bit of drama to unfold between now and then. Despite the draft being four days away, there were still not many reports on where the Sixers were leaning.

But if that Lakers' pick doesn't fall between No. 2 and No. 5 in the 2018 draft, sources say, Philadelphia will instead send a 2019 first-rounder to Boston that it acquired from the Sacramento Kings. The trade is expected to be finalized on Monday.

However, one thing we do know, which serves as a victory for all of the NBA's consumers, is that there will be competition.

"What if the Lakers take whoever the Celtics wanted at No. 2?"

In the end, that, more than ratings, is what makes the National Basketball Association work.

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