The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 3 pick and future first round picks, according to TNT’s David Aldridge.
The Sixers are expected to take former University of Washington point guard Markelle Fultz, who is the top prospect in the upcoming draft. Fultz worked out with the Sixers on Saturday when the trade was being finalized.
In addition to the third pick, which will either be Kansas’ Josh Jackson or UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, the Celtics will get the Lakers 2018 first round pick if its between the second and fifth pick, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Sixers will keep the pick if its past the fifth pick and the Celtics will take the Kings’ 2019 unprotected first rounder.
Fultz expressed his hopes for playing with the Celtics, but he is fine going anywhere.
“I’m truly blessed to be in this position,” Fultz told Sixers.com after his workout. “Whatever happens, I’m looking forward to taking my talents wherever I go.”
Fultz talked about the city of Philadelphia and how the fans love the team and players.
“Just showing if I come here how invested the fans are. It shows the city how much love they have for their players, and everything liked that, so I’m just blessed to come here.”
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid attended Fultz’s workout to get a glimpse at their future teammate.
Fultz said he has been in contact with Embiid, and other members of the Sixers organization throughout his freshman season at Washington.
”I’ve been in contact with them since I’ve been in college,” Fultz said, “Really, just talking about motivating me for college, and just giving me little pointers to help me out throughout my career, and me wishing them good luck as they were going throughout the season.”
The Sixers will no longer pursue free agent guard Kyle Lowry, according to ESPN’s Marc Spears. It looks like the Sixers will rely on their young core and continue to trust the process.