In a season where injuries, contracts, and trade talks were the talk of the NBA, one team and its GM sat back enjoying a good laugh. The Boston Celtics and Danny Ainge pulled quite the summer of deals off last offseason thanks to the Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Philadelphia 76ers.
It started right before the 2017 NBA Draft when Danny Ainge suckered the Sixers into one of the worse trades in modern-day history. With the Sixers situated with the No. 3 pick, the Celtics dangled the No. 1 pick in their faces and for some strange reason, Bryan Colangelo bit.
Boston, fresh off a 53-win campaign in 2016, with their core still intact and with the top pick, entered the draft knowing they didn’t need Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball. On the other hand, the Celtics knew that the Lakers and Sixers were in search of backcourt help. The Sixers agreed to trade their 2017 No. 3 pick plus a future first-rounder (Lakers or Kings) to the Celtics all for the chance to draft Markell Fultz. So, the Sixers gave up two first-rounders for a player neither the Celtics nor the Lakers wanted and one who played less than 20 games all year.
The Boston Celtics are still feeling the rewards from the trade that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Peirce, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets. With those picks, the Celtics selected Jaylen Brown in 2016 and swapped the Nets’ 2017 pick with the Sixers in which they selected Jayson Tatum. Talk about getting fresh young players for some over-the-hill vets. Thanks, Billy King.
Mark started his writing journey covering the Brooklyn Nets for Rant Sports then ventured out on his own to start TLS. He's currently the lead NBA editor for WBLZMedia, while also contributing on Fansided and the Inquisitr as an Entertainment/NBA/NFL columnist. His work has been featured on Bleacher Report, Yahoo Sports, Fansided, Fox Sports, Teen Vogue, and more.