The Lakers wanted Markelle Fultz too. So now what?
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 9:35
According to multiple reports, the Celtics have agreed to trade the number one overall pick in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft to the Philadelphia 76ers, clearing the way for the Sixers to finally add a guard-any guard, please God let it be a guard-to their young core.
Early Sunday, word was the two teams had reached a deal and Philly would have the No. 1 pick. Markelle Fultz is the first pick who is potentially up for grabs - and apparently, some fans are not happy about the news.
Philadelphia is planning to send Boston the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday's draft and the 2018 first-round pick that the Los Angeles Lakers owe the Sixers, league sources told The Vertical.
On Saturday, Fultz stopped by the 76ers' practice facility for a workout and meeting with team officials.
So basically, the Sixers are swapping their first round picks this year (No. 1 and No. 3 overall) and the Celtics get either the Sixers pick via the Lakers in 2018 or the Sixers pick via the Kings in 2019. Trading away the ability to draft guard Markelle Fultz - the consensus top player in this draft - is a big move.
Fultz shined for the Huskies last season, but they only won nine games and lost 22. This is exactly the kind of situation where a team that has collected assets like Philadelphia has should cash them in.
There are some thoughts in which the top guards in this year's draft aren't too far apart talent wise, but someone will likely become a star and if it's Fultz it'll backfire in Boston's face.
"I'll do whatever it takes to help any team I go to win", Fultz said.
On the other hand, Himmelsbach added that the Celtics believe that there are actually four elite prospects in this year's draft class, presumably leading to the aforementioned trade.