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:
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.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 16, 2017
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! then followed up with these details:
Boston would acquire Sixers No. 3 overall pick in 2017 and package to include future first from Sixers, sources say. https://t.co/AK5LyYXnYX— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 16, 2017
Deal talks are far enough along that Fultz could be on his way to Philadelphia for a meeting Saturday, sources say. https://t.co/kR8vwZu8i2— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 16, 2017
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.