Trade Lands Sixers First Pick in Draft for Second Straight Year

by Brian Seltzer Reporter

CAMDEN - In a move that paves the way for the 76ers to add yet another potential foundational piece to an already promising young core, the team on Monday announced the completion of a trade with the Boston Celtics for the rights to the No. 1 pick in this Thursday’s draft.

As a result of the deal, the Sixers will now pick first in the draft for a second consecutive year, becoming the fifth team in the last 55 years to do so (‘13, ‘14 Cavaliers; ‘92, ‘93 Magic; ‘83, ‘84 Rockets; ‘63, ‘64 Knicks).

This draft will also be the fourth time in franchise history the Sixers go No. 1. They used the pick on Doug Collins in 1973, Allen Iverson in 1996, and Ben Simmons last June.

To facilitate Monday's transaction, the Sixers sent their own 2017 first-round pick, No. 3, to Boston, as well as the 2018 first-round selection they received from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a separate deal made at the 2015 NBA trade deadline.

Of note, however, is that the Lakers’ pick going to the Celtics will come with key protections, covering next year’s first overall pick, and picks 6 through 30. Should the pick ultimately fall in those ranges, and subsequently not convey to the C’s, Boston will then be entitled to the better of either the Sixers' own 2019 first-round selection, or the 2019 first-round pick the Sixers acquired from a July 2015 swap with the Sacramento Kings.

A pivotal protection is in place for this scenario, too, as the Sixers will again be safeguarded from losing the number one pick in 2019.

Unaffected by Monday’s exchange is the four-pack of picks the Sixers hold in Thursday’s second-round, where they’re slotted for Nos. 36, 39, 46, and 50.

Sixers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo will address the trade with reporters at 2:30 PM EST.

More to come on this story throughout the day, and be sure to follow the team’s social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for all the latest information.