Who are the likely players that Boston will use its No. 3 pick on? Although Jackson hasn't worked out for the Celtics, interest is there due to his athleticism and dominance on both sides of the court. While there has been some variation on boards, Fultz, Ball and Jackson have become a near-consensus top three in this class. Whoever joins the Celtics on Thursday will have high expectations to produce early with a limited margin for error.
"It's very good value for us, and obviously (Philadelphia) wanted that No. 1 pick", said Ainge.
No matter how you feel about Fultz or the return that Ainge got on the trade, it's undoubtedly a major gamble for the Celtics president of basketball ops.
According to ESPN, Ainge said that the trade with Philly was the best offer that Boston received "by a significant margin".
The upcoming draft order is still up for discussion. We came to a conclusion that it was the right situation and the right point in the deal progression that we would make a deal, and we did.
Ainge didn't rule out the possibility that Boston could utilize the No. 3 pick in a secondary move but seemed to hint that the team made this initial move simply because it believed it could add a future pick while still getting its desired player. These three, along with Jayson Tatum and De 'Aaron Fox will impact the National Basketball Association no matter where they go and will have successful careers.