The hype around Markelle Fultz grew immensely within the last few days. The Lakers were willing to trade up to select him they were so impressed with him during his workout and the 76ers felt the same way. The Sixers had more picks to cough up than the Lakers and that's how they ended up winning the sweepstakes to receive the #1 overall pick. The Sixers gave up the #3 overall pick this year and two future first round picks that they had acquired from other teams in the past. Basically, the Sixers gave the Celtics two future first round picks to move up two spots. Those two spots are the difference between getting and not getting Markelle Fultz, so it was a move they had to make if they wanted to acquire the final piece to the process.
The Celtics should be happy, obviously they weren't too high on Fultz, and now they'll get to add a stud still like Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum, the cherry on top was adding the two future first rounders. Seems like Danny Ainge deserves some serious recognition. Well, let's not jump the gun on this too quickly, yeah it's awesome to have all these draft picks, but unless they are put to good use this trade doesn't help this team get any closer to a championship. What are the Celtics going to wait until 2020 to make a championship run now because that's certainly what it looks like they're doing. They'll stay relevant now, but obviously they aren't taking down the Cavaliers or the Warriors. By the time they use all these draft picks and the players develop it'll be like 2021 and the Warriors and Cavs will hopefully no longer run the entire NBA by then. Meaning, the Celtics rebuild will blossom at the perfect time, but is that what Celtic fans really want? It's going to be a long 4 years of being good but not great if that's the case. Honestly, I believe Danny Ainge is just continuing to stock pile picks and is hoping this will all just work itself out because it seems like he has no tangible plan.
This trade made me happy however, I thought the Lakers were going to trade Julius Randle and draft picks to move up to get Fultz, and that would've killed me. First reason is Julius Randle is going to be an absolute monster this upcoming season(Don't believe me just watch) and the second thing is I want Lonzo Ball. Yeah, Fultz might be the more ready NBA player, but there's just something about Lonzo Ball that makes me think this kid is going to be a great one. That and the fact he has proven he makes the players around him better is why I'd be much happier with Ball than Fultz.
At the end of the day, I believe all parties should be happy with this trade. I'm sure down the road if Fultz doesn't pan out or if Danny Ainge butchers these draft picks one fan base is going to be really pissed off, but no one can predict the future, so they can't be mad at this deal. Based of the facts in front of our faces right now this is a good deal for both sides. Regardless, I'm sure whichever franchise ends up "losing" this trade will be killing their GM a few years from now, but that's just how sports work. At least this news helps get us excited for the future of the NBA since the NBA Finals we just had was the worst in years. The NBA offseason has been going on for what, 3 days, and it's already far more exciting than the past NBA season was. Couldn't be more hyped for the NBA draft on Thursday.
Do you think this was a good trade? Do you think Markelle Fultz is a future superstar? Will Danny Ainge's abundance of draft picks eventually pan out? Let me know what you think in the comment section.