Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

76ers get No. 1 pick from Celtics, chance to draft Fultz

76ers get No. 1 pick from Celtics, chance to draft Fultz

If the Celtics felt Fultz isn't the draft's surefire best player, acquiring another pick with the player they crave would be smart and give them a bit more cap room, with a No. 3 pick being cheaper to sign than a No. 1. The person with the most pressure on their shoulders in this draft is Markelle Fultz. If the Celtics were absolutely settled on Jackson, they likely would have just kept their No. 1 pick.

"We're going to get a player that we like, in addition to some further assets", Ainge said. Players are still working out for teams and teams are still trying to make deals. I have a good relationship with Bryan Colangelo and Jerry Colangelo and I think they're doing a fantastic job there in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia will send its 2018 Lakers pick to Boston, provided it falls between No. 2 and No. 5.

"I don't really pay attention to everything that's going on", Fultz said.

What their trade partner has up his sleeve is more muddled.

So much so that he cracked a joke at the expense of Celtics president Danny Ainge. Philadelphia owns the Los Angeles Lakers' 2018 pick and the Sacramento Kings' 2019 pick.

The biggest move is already almost complete, with a big trade for the No. 1 overall pick is set to shake up the top of the NBA Draft board. "We've been talking about various things that related to the draft last year, that related to the draft this year", Colangelo, the GM of the Sixers since April 2016, said.

According to oddsmakers at, Washington's Markelle Fultz appears to be the clear choice at No. 1, as he is getting odds of -5000 to be taken with the top pick.

Boston is expected to decide between a pair of highly regarded forwards, Kansas' Josh Jackson and Duke's Jayson Tatum.

The Sixers get the player that best fits their needs at No. 1.

The Sixers will, nearly assuredly, use the top pick on Washington point guard Markelle Fultz, while the Celtics are still mulling all of their options with the third pick, whether Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, or trading it away for veteran help.

The Cavs did not know when they drafted Wiggins that LeBron James would return, presenting Cleveland with a win-now scenario. That's when the Orlando Magic traded the No. 1 pick to the Golden State Warriors for the No. 3 pick and three future first-rounders. "We think the 76ers obviously wanted this No. 1 pick".

The 6-foot-4 Fultz, who has a wingspan of 6-9¾, averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and shot 41.3 percent from 3-point land during his only collegiate season.

Together with Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, the 76ers will have a young core of talent that could provide a formidable base upon which to rebuild the team.

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