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Ainge: Celtics will still get our top guy with No. 3 overall pick

Danny Ainge made his decision to trade the top overall pick sound like a no-brainer.
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The Boston Celtics officially announced on Monday that they have completed a trade that will see them swap first-round picks with the Philadelphia 76ers in addition to netting another first-round pick in next year’s NBA Draft. Many have speculated that a blockbuster trade could be forthcoming, but Ainge says he does not anticipate that happening.

According to Ainge, the Celtics decided to trade from No. 1 back to No. 3 because they believe they can get their guy at third overall.

For what it’s worth, Ainge did not rule out the trade with Philly leading to another deal.

A report we heard on Monday claimed the Celtics are planning to use their No. 3 overall pick and salary cap space to add two star players this offseason, though Ainge is not tipping his hand if that report is accurate. Perhaps the Celtics like former Kansas star Josh Jackson or Duke’s Jayson Tatum the best of any top prospect in the upcoming draft, and they have reason to believe the Sixers will pick Markelle Fultz at No. 1 and Los Angeles Lakers will take Lonzo Ball at No. 2.

That would be somewhat boring, but blockbuster trades are always less likely.

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