After a day and a half of intense rumors and speculation, the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics have reportedly agreed to a trade that will send the Sixers the top pick in this year's draft, and the right to select elite prospect Markelle Fultz.
Most expect the Sixers to take Washington guard Markelle Fultz first overall and pair him with Ben Simmons, who missed what would have been his rookie season with a foot injury after going No. 1 past year.
Jo Jo seems pretty pumped about it. Otherwise, the Celtics will have a choice of first-rounders in 2019 - either from Sacramento or Philadelphia, whichever pick is higher. During the 2016-17 season, he averaged 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 76 games.
The 19-year-old Fultz will join a line-up of young talent including 20-year-old Simmons, centres Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor, the No.3 picks in 2014 and 2015 respectively, plus Croatian forward Dario Saric.
Boston will get the Sixers' pick, No. 3 overall, and another first-rounder in 2018 or 2019. The Suns hold their own 2018 pick (which now projects to be a high lottery pick) as well as the rights to the Miami Heat's 2018 pick. And later Saturday night, ESPN and TNT reported that the Sixers have a deal with the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 pick.
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In return, the Celtics will receive the 76ers' first-round pick this year - No. 3 overall - as well as one future first round pick.
Fultz is apparently going to get taken one spot better. Fultz adds instant offense and long-range shooting to a team that finished 25th in points per game and tied for 24th in three-point percentage last season.
Standing six feet four inches, Fultz could become a crucial piece of Philadelphia's offense. Fultz is a talented two-way player that gives the 76ers the ballhandler they sorely lacked. For months we have heard Ball linked to the Lakers, and he has met with the team twice now. Although I would hate to see the National Basketball Association continue to breed these "superteams", it would still be nice to see some change in the Finals come next postseason (s). The executives spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the draft.
The trade for Fultz has the Philadelphia 76ers ready to make a run, however, it will be Simmons who will be the one leading the charge.