76ers, Celtics agree on trade for No. 1 pick

76ers, Celtics agree on trade for No. 1 pick

76ers, Celtics agree on trade for No. 1 pick

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a deal with the Boston Celtics to acquire the No. 1 overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft, clearing the way to select Washington point guard Markelle Fultz, league sources told The Vertical. I have no idea if that deal is still in place, but the Celtics could potentially send the No. 3 pick and the future first rounder acquired from Philly to Chicago in exchange for Butler. If it is not, the Celtics will instead receive either Sacramento's or Philadelphia's first round pick in 2019, whichever is more favorable.

This is a flawless move for the Sixers.

The 76ers have apparently set their sights on taking Washington guard Markelle Fultz, who averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks last season. Fultz is a ideal complement to the team's two building blocks, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, giving the Sixers a guard to go with their potential franchise cornerstone wing and big man. Fultz's shooting ability will allow him to play next to Simmons, and he's also going to be a strong shot creator in his own right. All of a sudden, the Sixers look like a legitimately good team.

Philadelphia will select first for the second straight year.

The Sixers, meanwhile, settled in for a lengthy evening with Fultz that included a workout, physical exam, media session and dinner.

What is Danny Ainge thinking?

The Celtics, on the other hand, have their eyes on getting more athletic at the wing forward positions. I'm also curious how Murphy got the top four of Boston's draft board, even in this vague form.

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Maybe Boston had their eye on someone else the whole time. Word has spread for weeks now that Boston is enamored with Kansas forward Josh Jackson, and by making this move he will nearly certainly be their pick. The Celtics have also been the main players in the Jimmy Butler rumors for quite a while now. That might be too much for the No. 1 pick but Fultz can provide that athleticism, scoring, and ball handling they desperately need. Only 12 of the 35 draft picks in the same time frame have gone on to become all-star caliber players (35%).

While the Suns are projected in multiple mock drafts to take small forward Josh Jackson at number four, he might not be so eager to be selected there. The Boston Celtics are somewhere in the tier below, but appear to be closer to the Cavs than Golden State.

Fultz's rise to stardom has been rapid.

Jimmy Butler has been in the conversation, but wouldn't having the defense of Avery Bradley be better?

If the Celtics were to trade for Butler, they would not have the cap space to sign Hayward to a max-level contract.

Therefore, this Celtics team will continue their rebuild with other team's draft picks, while still remaining relevant by forever being on the cusp of becoming a contender. Join the Chowder and Champions team! Now, Boston fans get the opportunity to root for THREE teams to absolutely stink. Joy.

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