Philadelphia 76ers lost game but won trade versus Boston Celtics

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 22: Markelle Fultz walks on stage with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia 76ers traded the 2017 third pick and a protected Los Angeles Lakers first round pick in 2018 OR that 2019 Sacramento Kings pick OR their own 2019 first round pick

The Philadelphia 76ers have fallen victim to countless protections, picks, and contingencies. So it only seems like poetic justice for the team to weave a complex web of protections in a recent trade with the Boston Celtics for the top pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

In summary, it goes something like this

76ers Get
2017 1st pick
Celtics Get
2017 3rd pick And 2018 Lakers 1st rd (2-5) OR Best Kings 1st rd (not 1st pick). or 76ers 1st rd (not 1st pick)

Let’s break this down into components:

2017 NBA Draft Impact

2017 NBA Draft impact is essentially a pick swap. The Philadelphia 76ers get the top pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, and the Boston Celtics get the third pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

To the Boston Celtics, the added value to the team of Markelle Fultz was simply not great enough to warrant keeping that pick . Why? The Celtics are already quite loaded and happy with their back court, and selecting Fultz complicated their rotations as well as their salary cap situation.

In the end, the Philadelphia 76ers offered more to trade than anyone else.  So what are the other components of this trade?

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