Celtics agree to trade No. 1 overall pick to 76ers, ESPN reports

"I'm big on that".

Ainge was especially pleased with the additional first-round value he was able to squeeze out of trading down two slots in a deal that was finalized today.

However, with the gluttony of first round picks owned by the Sixers, the Lakers were likely never in the running for long as Philadelphia simply had more to get a deal done.

Boston will get the Sixers' pick, No. 3 overall, and another first-rounder in 2018 or 2019. If the Los Angeles Lakers hold a pick between No. 2 and No. 5 next season, Boston gets that one.

The 76ers are reportedly taking Fultz with the No. 1 pick and he worked out for the team on Saturday. The workout in Philadelphia occurred instead of a previously scheduled meeting with the Celtics. That's probably what Jackson had in mind when he took aim at Fultz.

Fultz will now team up with the rest of the Sixers young and talented core, including Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Dario Saric, in hopes that the franchise can soon get back to their winning ways.

"He and I have been talking before when I was in college", Fultz said.

"It would be pretty cool".

Boston has made it known that they want to be players in the sweepstakes for Utah Jazz star Gordon Hayward to reunite him with Brad Stevens, his college coach at Butler.

Markelle Fultz would be a great addition to the 76ers. Fultz also posed for pictures with Embiid, Simmons and Robert Covington. Fultz could be the kind of player Ainge and Co. have been waiting for ever since Draft Night in 2013, when the Nets handed over their drafts for the next half-decade for the aging trio of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. The latter two picks were in Philadelphia's possession from prior trades. "Right now, there's just a ton of fan angst over the one certainty in this, which is Markelle Fultz not becoming a Celtic".

The Celtics have been linked with either Josh Jackson of Kansas or Jayson Tatum of Duke at No. 3, although multiple media outlets reported the team may be willing to deal the pick. He averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and hit 41.3 percent of his 3-pointers during his lone collegiate season. Fultz led the Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. 6 among all Division 1 players, and was the top freshman scorer in the US.

First of all, the Sixers didn't have to part with any players now on the roster.

"I'm truly blessed to be in this position", Fultz said. I'm close to home, so a lot of my family can come out and just show love.

  • Julie Sanders