Fultz works out for 76ers, amid draft trade talks

He arrived around 7:10 p.m. and completed his on-court workout around 8:26 p.m. Barely three years later, he's nearly certainly going to become the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft — and if he gets to start his pro career by calling Philadelphia his new home, he'll be living roughly a 2 1/2-hour drive from his hometown of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

The 76ers have a top-three pick for the fourth straight year: No. 3 Joel Embiid in 2014, No. 3 Jahlil Okafor in 2015 and Simmons in 2016. The trade is expected to be finalized Monday.

The Sixers will reportedly send the third overall pick and a future first rounder with protections to the Celtics. The Celtics will have the option of choosing the 2019 pick if the Lakers' 2018 pick is too low. The Celtics are fresh off of a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. If they do, they'd be the beneficiary of all the assets and Boston would land their star in Jimmy Butler. No matter how bad the Lakers wanted Fultz, they couldn't compete with the deal that the Sixers were able to offer. Even swinging for the fences on a big trade for a guy like Butler would not hurt the long-term health of their franchise. Although, there is doubt in team needs when it comes to the Boston Celtics picking third. 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.

It looks like the Celtics are creating an arms race to acquire the top pick. I could see if the 76ers were in the New York Knicks spot at No. 8 and was in dire need of a franchise player but they're not.

Giving up Butler would be tough for the Bulls, but this is the kind of deal that could make it worth it.

The move opens the Celtics up to select a wing player like Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum at No. 3, who better fits their needs should they stay in the draft.

Following his workout with the Philadelphia 76ers, a sought-after Washington freshman Markelle Fultz was optimistic about his potential of becoming part of "The Process" and joining the arsenal of young talent president Bryan Colangelo and company have put together during the last few years. Butler is a great player, but he can not do it on his own. "If that's me on the bench clapping for him, it doesn't matter to me". Now that they have the No. 1 pick they will indeed draft the high-scoring guard, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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