On Monday afternoon, the Sixers officially traded the No. 3 selection in Thursday night's NBA Draft, as well as the Lakers' 2018 protected pick, to the Celtics in exchange for the No. 1 overall choice. Philadelphia owns the Los Angeles Lakers' 2018 pick and the Sacramento Kings' 2019 pick. If the more favorable of the Sixers' and Kings' 2019 first-round picks is the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Sixers will instead convey the rights to the less favorable of those two picks.
If the Lakers pick does not fall in that range in 2018, the Celtics will choose between the Kings' first-round pick in 2019 (which now belongs to the 76ers) or the 76ers' own first-round pick in 2019.
As an executive, making decisions in the best interest of the team involves making the correct roster moves for your team, and not sending too many assets to a conference rival. They felt as though their organization had just thrown away the flawless opportunity to draft a stud point guard in Washington's Markelle Fultz.
Danny Ainge sounded like he was not as sold on Markelle Fultz as others are. They also, of course, will be trading their No. 3 overall pick in this year's National Basketball Association draft as well. They selected Ben Simmons previous year, but he missed all of the 2016-17 season with a broken foot.
"We've been evaluating these kids for a couple of years, and we felt like it was very close in the top handful of players". Using that ammunition to bring in George - who averaged a career-high 23.7 points-per-game on 46-percent shooting last season, and is considered a superstar talent by numerous top National Basketball Association minds - makes too much sense for the Celtics not to pull the trigger if they want to try and legitimately compete with the Cavaliers in a depleted Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia will hold the No. 1 pick for the second straight year, and worked Fultz out on Saturday night as talks with the Celtics got to the final stages.
The former Celtics player, now their president of basketball operations, said the magnitude of the trade put it "under the microscope", and he acknowledged that he, as with others in his position, would be "judged" on how such big moves ultimately turned out.
Griffin's departure comes on the anniversary of the Cavs' dramatic Game 7 win over Golden State, capping a historic comeback that gave Cleveland its first major professional sports championship since 1964. The point guard averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists for the 9-22 Huskies.
Dirk Nowitzki, the career scoring leader among global players, will be one of the captains for the NBA's Africa Game on August 5.
It's because the Los Angeles Lakers' pick landed between No. 2 and No. 5 in next year's draft lottery.