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Celtics may trade No. 1 pick in NBA Draft to Sixers, who could pick Markelle Fultz, report says

Celtics may trade No. 1 pick in NBA Draft to Sixers, who could pick Markelle Fultz, report says

The Boston Celtics may not select Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick after all. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Boston could be getting close to trading that pick to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Check this tweet:

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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! then followed up with these details:

Uh yeah, that sounds serious. Fultz, 19, has emerged as the consensus No. 1 pick after starring for one year at the University of Washington. He's a 6-foot-4 point guard who can do it all. Last year he averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and shot 47.6 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from three.

The Sixers have loads of talent at the forward position and have plans to try 6-foot-10 Ben Simmons, the 2016 No. 1 pick, at point guard. But Fultz could certainly fit with the pieces they already have.

Boston was the No. 1 seed in the East this past season, but needs more starpower to compete with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Fultz would seem like a big step in the right direction, though in this loaded draft they could easily find an All-Star if they move back to No. 3.

Man, would this be a blockbuster if it goes through.

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Cavs discussing three-team deal to trade Kevin Love for Paul George, report says

Cavs discussing three-team deal to trade Kevin Love for Paul George, report says

The NBA Draft has come and gone, but the Pacers remain active in trying to trade superstar Paul George. According to a new report, the Nuggets have emerged as a possible partner in a three-team deal to land George in Cleveland.

The report comes from ESPN's Marc Stein and Chris Haynes, who tweeted these rumors on Sunday:

If this were to go through, the Cavs would end up with George and Faried, while losing Love. Faried doesn't exactly qualify as a fourth star but the duo of them could, in theory, make the Cavs better than they were with just Love. Faried could fill the rebounding void and George would make them better defensively.

If Love goes to Denver, like Stein says, it would be interesting to see what goes to the Pacers. They are, after all, giving up the best player in the deal.

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It doesn't sound like the Mavs will let Nerlens Noel hit NBA free agency

It doesn't sound like the Mavs will let Nerlens Noel hit NBA free agency

NBA teams hoping to acquire a power forward in next month's free agency may be left with one less option, as the Dallas Mavericks appear determined to re-sign Nerlens Noel, a restricted free agent.

That's according to Marc Stein of ESPN:

Noel, 23, was traded to Dallas from the Sixers back in February for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and two second round picks. He played 22 games for the Mavs, who did not qualify for the playoffs.

Trading for Noel represented a risk, given he does not have a contract for next season. But Dallas should have the opportunity to match whatever offer he gets in free agency if he indeed makes it that far.

Noel, though, could be expensive. He's very young and holds averages of 10 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game through three NBA seasons. Durability is a concern, as he only played in 51 games last season due to a surgery he had in October. But he played in 67 games the season before and 71 the year before that.

Noel was the sixth overall pick in 2013, the same year the Wizards took Otto Porter third overall.

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