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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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Will the Cavs-Celtics trade involving Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas affect the Wizards' chances at all?

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Will the Cavs-Celtics trade involving Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas affect the Wizards' chances at all?

The Cavaliers and Celtics pulled off one of the biggest NBA trades in years, if not decades, on Tuesday night, one that features two All-Star point guards in Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, a very good player in Jae Crowder, a 2016 first round pick in Ante Zizic and an unprotected 2019 Nets first round pick that could be the key to Cleveland's dreaded life after LeBron James.

Boston and Cleveland entered this offseason as the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, so naturally this should affect the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference a great deal, right? Maybe not.

In fact, this could have little effect on the rest of the East whatsoever, at least in the short-term. That's because both teams got good value back for 2017-18, but neither made a significant leap when it comes to their chances of winning the title next June.


Yes, All-Star point guards in Irving and Thomas switched sides, and in Crowder the Cavs now have a physical defender who gives opponents fits on the perimeter. That could help the Cavs in the East and if they match up with the Warriors in the NBA Finals once again.

But the Cavs were already going to be very good and before this trade remained the odds-on favorites to win the East. They now remain the favorites and may have taken a slight step forward, as long as Thomas recovers well from the hip injury that ended his 2016-17 season.

In Irving, the Celtics get a guy with an extra year on his contract. He's four years younger than Thomas and isn't currently dealing with an injury. They have to feel good about that, plus they don't lose much in Crowder, given he plays small forward. Even without Crowder, they could have the most depth at that position in the NBA when you factor in Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Jalen Brown and Marcus Morris. As good as Crowder is, he could have been fighting for minutes in that group.

If the Wizards are to take a step forward or backward in the East, it will likely have nothing to do with this trade. They are counting on improving from within with a core of young players now signed to long-term contracts.

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Overall, the Wizards' odds against the Cavs and Celtics will probably be determined by other things unrelated to this trade, like if LeBron James truly begins his decline or if the Celtics losing Avery Bradley in a previous deal will hurt their ability to stop John Wall and Bradley Beal. 

That last point could be the determining factor in whether the Wizards can leapfrog either the Cavs or Celtics. Boston lost their best answer to what is arguably the best backcourt in the East. 

This trade could, if anything, just make things more interesting for Washington fans. Now the Wizards-Celtics rivalry can center around the debate about which All-Star point guard and former No. 1 pick is better: Wall or Irving? And with the Cavs, the Wizards now have a guy in Crowder who has been a true enemy for years. That matchup just got more intriguing.

The East could be more fun next year due to this trade, but don't expect the odds in Vegas to change much at all because of it.




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Cavs trade Kyrie Irving to Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and others in blockbuster deal

Cavs trade Kyrie Irving to Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and others in blockbuster deal

The Cavs and Celtics have pulled off one of the biggest trades the NBA has seen in years, a blockbuster deal that will send Kyrie Irving to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 unprotected first round pick. The final deal was reported by Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Whew, where do we start? First of all, this is the top two teams in the East, teams that met in the conference finals this spring, trading All-Star point guards for each other. It's not often you see that.

For the Celtics, they will have Irving for at least the next two seasons under his current contract. Considering Thomas' deal runs up after this year, that's good news for them.


That said, this is an unbelievable haul for the Cavs. Not only do they remain very good in the short-term with Thomas stepping in to fill the same role Irving did, but they get deeper with Crowder and set themselves up extremely well long-term with the Nets' pick. The Nets were the worst team in basketball this past season, the odds of them still being very bad two years from now seem good. The Cavs are in good position now even if LeBron James leaves next summer, knowing they have an extra first round pick that could be a top selection.

The first game of the NBA season, by the way, is Celtics at Cavs on Oct. 17. That should be a good one.

For the rest of the Eastern Conference, teams like the Wizards, it's hard to draw major conclusions from this deal. The Cavs were the best team in the East and have a good chance of remaining the top dogs. The Celtics gave up a lot, but they also added other pieces this offseason with Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum. Only time will tell if either got signifincatly better or worse.

Cleveland, however, does look much better off in the long run. That could affect how some view James' future, as many have speculated about whether this will be his final season with the Cavs. Now they appear to have a very sound long-term plan.

This trade will send shockwaves throughout the NBA, but may not affect the standings in the Eastern Conference very much. Still, it's a big one.