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Full details of Celtics' trade with Sixers that should land Markelle Fultz in Philly

Full details of Celtics' trade with Sixers that should land Markelle Fultz in Philly

Though the trade is likely to be finalized on Monday, the full details of the blockbuster trade between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are now public. The Sixers will get the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and likely select Markelle Fultz from the University of Washington. The Celtics will get two first round picks. 

Here are the particulars...

Celtics receive: 2017 3rd overall pick, either Lakers' 2018 1st round pick (protected 2-5) OR Kings' 2019 1st round pick

Sixers receive: 2017 1st overall pick

Honestly, this seems like a good deal for both sides. The Sixers get a potential All-Star at the point guard position to complement the rest of their talented young core of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. By acquiring Fultz, Simmons doesn't have to play the point guard position and learn on the job. And Fultz gives them a three-point threat to offset Simmons' lack of outside shooting.

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For the Celtics, they earn an extra first round pick by just moving two spots back in a draft that is absolutely loaded. For them, this could come down to getting Josh Jackson of Kansas, Jayson Tatum of Duke or De'Aaron Fox of Kentucky plus a first round pick instead of Fultz. If that player turns out as good as Fultz, they won the trade. If he turns out better than Fultz, then Celtics GM Danny Ainge looks brilliant.

Regardless, this trade appears to strengthen two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers have an enviable core of three possible stars. They may not win immediately, but it's only a matter of time before they are playoff bound. 

The Celtics, meanwhile, will still add a blue chip player to a roster that already had the top seed in the East this past season. And by acquiring another first round pick, they could just do it all over again. As of now, they can compete with anyone in the East next season plus they hold the Nets' and Lakers' top picks. 

All those assets could, of course, allow Boston to pull off another major trade. They already had more tradeable pieces than anyone in the NBA and now they have an extra first round pick. This latest deal could just be the precursor to them acquiring Paul George or Jimmy Butler in a separate trade. And that's not to mention their cap space that could lead to Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin coming to town.

Given this trade's effect on the Eastern Conference, it will probably be cited for many years to come. It makes Philly better immediately and allows the Celtics to be even better positioned for the future than they already were.

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Cavs discussing three-team deal to trade Kevin Love for Paul George, report says

Cavs discussing three-team deal to trade Kevin Love for Paul George, report says

The NBA Draft has come and gone, but the Pacers remain active in trying to trade superstar Paul George. According to a new report, the Nuggets have emerged as a possible partner in a three-team deal to land George in Cleveland.

The report comes from ESPN's Marc Stein and Chris Haynes, who tweeted these rumors on Sunday:

If this were to go through, the Cavs would end up with George and Faried, while losing Love. Faried doesn't exactly qualify as a fourth star but the duo of them could, in theory, make the Cavs better than they were with just Love. Faried could fill the rebounding void and George would make them better defensively.

If Love goes to Denver, like Stein says, it would be interesting to see what goes to the Pacers. They are, after all, giving up the best player in the deal.

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It doesn't sound like the Mavs will let Nerlens Noel hit NBA free agency

It doesn't sound like the Mavs will let Nerlens Noel hit NBA free agency

NBA teams hoping to acquire a power forward in next month's free agency may be left with one less option, as the Dallas Mavericks appear determined to re-sign Nerlens Noel, a restricted free agent.

That's according to Marc Stein of ESPN:

Noel, 23, was traded to Dallas from the Sixers back in February for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and two second round picks. He played 22 games for the Mavs, who did not qualify for the playoffs.

Trading for Noel represented a risk, given he does not have a contract for next season. But Dallas should have the opportunity to match whatever offer he gets in free agency if he indeed makes it that far.

Noel, though, could be expensive. He's very young and holds averages of 10 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game through three NBA seasons. Durability is a concern, as he only played in 51 games last season due to a surgery he had in October. But he played in 67 games the season before and 71 the year before that.

Noel was the sixth overall pick in 2013, the same year the Wizards took Otto Porter third overall.

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