Celtics, Sixers In Talks On Trade Involving No. 1 Pick

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

Boston would acquire Sixers No. 3 overall pick in 2017 and package to include future first from Sixers, sources say.

Fultz, the talented guard out of Washington who has always been the presumptive No. 1 pick in the draft, worked out for the Sixers on Saturday instead of a previously scheduled meeting with the Celtics.

In addition to not having Fultz on their team through this trade, the Celtics would be handing the 76ers, a team in their own division, an extremely bright future.

Philadelphia could have a core group of Fultz, Simmons, and Joel Embiid, which could be a prominent trio for years. Instead, they would be targeting Josh Jackson, a forward from Kansas who Danny Ainge is apparently enamored with. The Sixers used the No. 1 overall pick previous year on LSU forward Ben Simmons and leaned heavily on rookie center Joel Embiid early last season. The Celtics could probably land Jackson with the No. 3 pick, assuming the Lakers take Lonzo Ball with the second selection.

While the presumptive number one selection, Markelle Fultz, appears to be a solid selection and seems to be an All-Star in the waiting, the position of selecting a point guard seems entirely redundant for 2017-18 when the Celtics already have an All-NBA selection and MVP candidate in Isaiah Thomas.

League sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me that the Sixers and Celtics are in serious talks on a trade involving the No. 1 overall pick.

Markelle Fultz out of Washington is widely expected to be the first overall pick in the draft and the 76ers are reportedly looking to move up to grab the superstar. Many around the league believe Boston will take another crack at Butler this offseason; the Celtics would still be able to create enough cap room even if they got Butler to make a max offer to an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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