Celtics, 76ers determine to barter tip picks; Philly approaching to take Markelle Fultz

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have concluded in element to barter a Nos. 1 and 3 picks in Thursday’s NBA draft, and Philadelphia is approaching to use a No. 1 collect on former Washington ensure Markelle Fultz, sources told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, confirming news that was initial reported by TNT’s David Aldridge.


The Celtics will accept during slightest one additional first-round collect in a deal, sources told ESPN. Sources contend Philadelphia, on tip of a No. 3 altogether pick, is promulgation a 2018 first-round ‎pick it owns around a Los Angeles Lakers, that a Sixers acquired from Phoenix during a 2015 trade deadline.

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  • But if that Lakers collect doesn’t tumble between No. 2 and No. 5 in a 2018 draft, sources say, Philadelphia will instead send a 2019 first-rounder to Boston that it acquired from a Sacramento Kings.

    The trade is approaching to be finalized on Monday, sources said.

    Fultz worked out for a 76ers on Saturday, a day after ESPN reported a teams were in critical talks to barter their picks.

    Fultz, donning a Philadelphia tip as he arrived during a team’s use facility, visited a 76ers in a fast organised get-to-know-you session, with a examination and a assembly with group officials on his itinerary. His revisit was approaching to be one of a final hurdles to transparent before Boston and Philadelphia could confirm to indeed unqualified a trade.

    Joel Embiid was among Sixers players who were on palm for a workout. He tweeted a print after Saturday, station alongside Fultz and Sixers players Ben Simmons and Robert Covington.

    Fultz pronounced he was perplexing not to compensate most courtesy to a trade talk.

    “I let God take caring of it,” he said. “I arise adult each morning and get prepared to go to a gym. we don’t unequivocally compensate courtesy to all that’s going on. I’m truly sanctified to be in this position. Whatever happens, I’m looking brazen to holding my talents to wherever we go.”

    Once a trade is finalized, a initial 4 spots in a breeze sequence will accurately counterpart a first-four sequence from final year: Philadelphia would have a No. 1 pick, a Lakers would have No. 2, Boston would have No. 3 and Phoenix would have No. 4.

    Fultz’s arise to stardom has been rapid. In 2014, he was personification youth varsity basketball in high school. Barely 3 years later, he’s approaching to spin a NBA’s No. 1 pick. And if he gets to start his pro career in Philadelphia, he’ll be roughly a 2½-hour expostulate from his hometown of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

    “[The final few days have] been crazy, man,” Fultz said. “Just meaningful that a breeze is a integrate days away, it’s been unbelievable. It’s been a blessing. Like we said, a dream we always had. I’m usually concerned to get to that day and usually get it over with so we can know where I’m going and put full investment into whatever group I’m going to.”

    A 6-foot-4 guard, Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games during his sole college deteriorate during Washington, excelling on a group that finished 9-22 and mislaid a final 13 games. Fultz led a Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. 6 among all Division we players, and he was a tip beginner scorer in a country.

    Over a past 10 seasons, usually dual other freshmen had a softened scoring normal in college: Kevin Durant for Texas in 2006-07 and Michael Beasley for Kansas State in 2007-08. Durant and Beasley were both No. 2 picks.

    Philadelphia had a No. 1 breeze mark on 3 prior occasions, holding Doug Collins in 1973, Allen Iverson in 1996 and Simmons a year ago.

    With Simmons blank all of final deteriorate with an injury, a 76ers could be a initial group to have dual rookie No. 1 altogether picks on a same team.

    The 76ers have a top-three collect for a fourth true year: In further to Simmons, they took Embiid during No. 3 in 2014 and Jahlil Okafor during No. 3 in 2015. But with Fultz, Philadelphia — that has asked a fans to continue some really gloomy stretches and “Trust The Process” for a past few years — would substantially design to spin a genuine dilemma toward respectability again.

    Philadelphia went 28-54 this past season, after winning 19, 18 and 10 games in a prior 3 seasons.

    Last season’s softened win sum came with 81 total appearances from Okafor (50), Embiid (31) and Simmons (0).

    However, Embiid and Dario Saric will finish in a tip 3 when a NBA Rookie of a Year formula are announced on Jun 26, and Simmons is approaching to be prepared for subsequent deteriorate after recuperating from feet surgery.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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