The No. 1 overall pick is the most valuable asset in the NBA. It is the pick that is most sought after and most likely to produce a superstar. This year it lies in the hands of the Boston Celtics who fell in the Eastern Conference finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Usually the team that holds the No. 1 pick is one of the worst in the league. This year, however, it is held by one of the top teams in the league. It is a very unique situation and because of this, the NBA rumor mill is currently in dismay.
It has been reported that the Celtics will trade this No. 1 pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for their 3rd pick while also getting future draft picks as well. As of now, there are no players included in the trade. The Celtics approach to this trade is all surrounding Josh Jackson. Yesterday, it was reported that Boston had increased interest Jackson and were considering taking him with the first pick in the draft.
Celtics General Manager, Danny Ainge, who is regarded as one of the best and smartest owners in the league, has changed his entire approach to the draft because of the Celtics increased interest in Jackson. It is likely that whoever the No. 1 is traded to will take Markelle Fultz. Then, the Los Angeles Lakers are projected to take Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick. If the Celtics were to trade the No. 1 pick, they would acquire the 3rd overall pick where they could still get Josh Jackson while also acquiring future assets in draft picks.
This is a win-win situation for the Boston Celtics because they can get the player they want in Jackson while also stockpiling future draft picks to either use or trade away for a superstar such as Gordon Hayward or Jimmy Butler