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 Washington ensure Markelle Fultz, sources told ESPN’s Marc Spears, confirming news that was initial reported by TNT’s David Aldridge.
The trade will be finalized on Monday, sources said. The Celtics will accept a package of picks that includes a Sixers’ No. 3 altogether collect this year, according to a sources.
Fultz worked out for a 76ers on Saturday, a day after ESPN reported that 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.
Fultz pronounced he was perplexing not to compensate most courtesy to a trade talk.
“I’m truly sanctified to be in this position,” Fultz said. “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 Los Angeles Lakers would name No. 2; Boston would go No. 3; and a Phoenix Suns would name fourth.
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 roughly positively going to spin a NBA’s No. 1 pick. And if he gets to start his pro career by job Philadelphia his new home, he’ll be vital roughly a 2½-hour expostulate from his hometown of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
“I’m going to do whatever it takes to assistance any group we go to,” Fultz said.
The 6-foot-4 ensure 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.
Durant and Beasley were both No. 2 picks.
Fultz competence be a few days divided from going one mark better.
“I only arise adult and go where they tell me to go,” Fultz said.
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.
The 76ers have a top-three collect for a fourth true year: No. 3 Embiid in 2014; No. 3 Jahlil Okafor in 2015; and Simmons in 2016. 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 approaching 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 Okafor (50), Embiid (31) and Simmons (0) mixing for 81 appearances, as Philadelphia’s trend of being positively snakebit by injuries continued.
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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