76ers, Celtics among bombshell 4-team, pre-draft trade proposal

Fultz said he has yet to firm up a day when he will visit the Celtics, who acquired the rights to the No. 1 pick through a 2013 trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

One option for Ainge could be trading the No. 1 pick to move down in the draft, or to acquire an established superstar.

"The only thing we know for certain is we have the No. 1 pick", Ainge told the Globe. "They just want to get a chance to know me better as a person". At a time that numerous future picks he has long traded for are starting to come to fruition, Ainge remains patient in his execution with them; the eight picks he had in 2016 yielded only Brown and Demetrius Jackson immediately, and included three draft-and-stashes (including the aforementioned duo plus Abdel Nader in the second round), with two other second rounders being traded for a 2019 first round pick from Memphis. But Fultz said he and Thomas already have a relationship - the Celtics All-Star also attended the University of Washington - and Fultz says he thinks the two could play well together. "I want to be the No. 1 pick really bad", Fultz ad.

Ainge then stated that Boston has been "fielding phone calls" from other teams. The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly finalized a workout date with Lonzo Ball, but they've yet to line anything up with Markelle Fultz.

Just as Ainge was patient in those negotiations, allowing King to keep tickling his own bid upwards, he has remained patient at every turn since. You know that the possibility exists.

"We can both play on or off the ball", Fultz said. I'm not offended by any of it.

"We've followed him in the summer in the past and we're prepared on who he is, and it wouldn't affect us in any way". I took a look at each team and tried to make some type of prediction for a direction they could go.

"It's strategic", he added. That could change by draft night on June 22, but for now, it seems like the most likely outcome.After that, it's a free-for-all.

  • Julie Sanders