Markelle Fultz can already see chemistry with Ben Simmons

Markelle Fultz can already see chemistry with Ben Simmons

George would still have the option to opt of out of his contract if the Celtics make that trade.

Given that the 76ers are now widely expected to draft Fultz, Ainge's comments suggest that the Celtics never meant to draft the Washington point guard.

The Boston Celtics' decision to trade their first No. 1 overall draft pick in 67 years was, to some, a head-scratcher.

The first part of the trade is straightforward: The Celtics swapped the first pick in this year's draft for the third pick in this year's draft.

The upcoming NBA Draft has the most interesting draft class in recent history.

Butler averaged 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game last season. Starting in 1985, the National Basketball Association implemented a lottery system in order to determine which team receives the No. 1 overall pick in that year's draft.

Markelle Fultz #20 of the Washington Huskies, who is not playing due to a sore knee, sits on the bench before the game against the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on March 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. If not, the Celtics get a higher floor (getting the more favorable of two picks, rather than just one wherever it lands) and a lower ceiling (no No. 1 pick) with the 2019 selection. The 76ers have a rookie of the year contender, in Joel Embiid, a former number on selection in Ben Simmons who missed all of last year with a foot injury, and Fultz as the newcomer. That being said, it is a major red flag that the Celtics have not shown interest in those players, and it appears as though the names we should be paying attention to are Dennis Smith Jr. and Jayson Tatum, who have both worked out for the Celtics. I think, ideally, we would like to not only have max flexibility now but also maintain max flexibility next year when this group has a chance to grow a little bit more and perhaps more ready to add a marquee free agent.

It would be the second straight year Ainge has selected an athletic swingman with shaky handles and a developing jump shot at No. 3. All this would do is push Boston's first round draft pick to the 2019 draft. When giving up multiple picks, the Sixers had better be sure he's the right player for this franchise because this is a mistake that will be tough to correct.

However, bigger goals seem to be at play in the Celtics' front office after the team was run over by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. It has been rumored that Ainge is really interested in drafting Josh Jackson from Kansas University, but he still could also trade the pick for an established star for a team that needs rebuilding.

"I think that there's a couple guys in mind", Ainge added.

It could be used to move Gordon Hayward to the East from Utah after he signs a max deal with the Jazz.