76ers, Celtics agree on trade for No. 1 pick

After much speculation regarding how they'd use the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, general manager Danny Ainge chose to send it to the Philadelphia 76ers.

See Markelle Fultz's college highlights from Washington. Boston has been previously linked to Butler as one of the Bulls guard's top suitors before last season's trade deadline.

But if that Lakers' pick doesn't fall between No. 2 and No. 5 in the 2018 draft, sources say, Philadelphia will instead send a 2019 first-rounder to Boston that it acquired from the Sacramento Kings.

Fultz already has a bond with the team's best player, Joel Embiid. With the two-best teams being the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics would be better off drafting for the future to make a run. "Anybody that's in front of me I'm going to try to take them out".

The Sixers confirmed that Fultz will work out for them Saturday in Camden, N.J.

Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games during his lone college season at University of Washington, excelling on a team that finished 9-22 and lost their final 13 games.

That approach and his unquestioned ability are the reasons the Sixers have agreed to trade future assets to the Boston Celtics in order to draft the former University of Washington star in the National Basketball Association draft Thursday in NY.

The most recent offer on the table would have the Sixers sending Boston several draft picks, including the number three overall selection, in exchange for the top pick, which presumably would be Fultz. The 19-year-old worked out for Philadelphia on Saturday as the deal was in the works. The 76ers have been trusting the process for many years now, and it looks like it is going to be paying off in a big way.

While Fultz had been the favorite to go No. 1 before the trade, Kansas forward Josh Jackson was quickly gaining momentum as a potential surprise at No. 1 or No. 2. At 6-4, Fultz can play either backcourt position and can make plays for himself as well as others.

His rise to likely being the top overall pick in Thursday's draft is occurring three years after Fultz was playing on his high school's junior varsity's team.

"I saw the team still fighting hard", Fultz said of his last glimpse of the Sixers.

  • Julie Sanders