Celtics Reportedly Trade No. 1 Overall Pick in 2017 NBA Draft to 76ers

The Boston Celtics will shake up the top of the 2017 NBA draft by trading the No. 1 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers.

TNT’s David Aldridge first reported the sides agreed to a deal that will send the No. 1 pick to Philadelphia and will be finalized Monday, and the 76ers are expected to take Washington star Markelle Fultz. 

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski added Philadelphia is expected to give up the third overall pick in 2017, a 2018 first-round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers and a 2019 protected first-round pick from the Sacramento Kings.

Wojnarowski added the 76ers needed to see Fultz’s private workout on Saturday before completing the deal, with a trade call to announce it planned for Monday. 

ESPN’s Marc Stein and Zach Lowe reported Friday that the Philadelphia 76ers engaged the C’s about swapping the Nos. 1 and 3 picks, possibly with more selections involved, and Wojnarowski added that the Sixers had an eye toward Fultz.

Adam Zagoria of FanRag Sports reported Boston had interest in adding multiple first-round picks in an effort to potentially trade for Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler.

In addition to the Sixers, Jonathan Givony of Draft Express reported that the Lakers wanted the No. 1 overall pick after being blown away by Fultz’s workout.

Wojnarowski added Saturday that while the Lakers were interested in a deal, the 76ers provided too many first-round picks for Los Angeles to compete with.

Givony reported that the Lakers were considering sending the No. 2 overall pick and forward Julius Randle to Boston for No. 1.

The multiple trade reports surfaced after ESPN’s Chad Ford reported that Fultz wasn’t necessarily a lock for the Celtics with the top pick.

Ford said Boston was looking at other options, and specifically mentioned Kansas swingman Josh Jackson.

In terms of what they need, Jackson may be a better fit for the Celtics than Fultz, as they already have a loaded backcourt with Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart.

By trading the No. 1 overall selection, the Celtics are undoubtedly taking a huge risk, as Fultz dominated to the tune of 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game in his one season at Washington.

If Boston likes Jackson or Lonzo Ball similarly to Fultz, however, the move makes sense in terms of landing another top prospect and additional assets.

From Philadelphia’s perspective, the trade allows it to add another top-flight prospect to a team that already includes Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.

While Simmons and Embiid have struggled to stay healthy, the addition of Fultz would give the 76ers perhaps the best stable of young talent the NBA has seen in years. 

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Markelle Fultz Doesn’t Pay Attention to Celtics, 76ers Draft Trade Rumors

Following Saturday’s workout with the Philadelphia 76ers, top 2017 NBA draft prospect Markelle Fultz is not paying attention to trade rumors leading up to Thursday’s event. 

Fultz addressed the reported trade discussions going on between the 76ers and Boston Celtics on Saturday night. 

“I let God take care of it,” Fultz told the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). “I wake up every morning and get ready to go to the gym. I don’t really pay attention to everything that’s going on. I’m truly blessed to be in this position. Whatever happens, I’m looking forward to taking my talents to wherever I go.”

On Friday, ESPN’s Marc Stein and Zach Lowe reported the Sixers and Celtics were engaged in “serious talks” about a deal in which Philadelphia would acquire the No. 1 overall pick. 

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski added on Saturday that trade discussions involve the 76ers’ sending the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, the 2018 first-round pick they acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers and possibly a first-round pick in 2021. 

Fultz has been the presumptive No. 1 pick in this year’s draft dating back to the college basketball season when he was at Washington. B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman had the 19-year-old going first overall, to the Celtics, in his most recent mock draft. 

The 2017 NBA draft takes place June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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Markelle Fultz Cancels 2nd Workout with Celtics After Visit with 76ers

Top NBA draft prospect Markelle Fultz reportedly cancelled his second workout with the Boston Celtics on Saturday in the aftermath of his visit with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reported the news and noted the Washington product cancelled the workout to instead visit the Los Angeles Lakers and 76ers, although he noted the Celtics are still trying to convince the guard to come in again.

The fact that the Celtics are attempting to convince Fultz to work out again is notable because they currently hold the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. Fultz is widely considered to be 2017’s top prospect, and Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman projected him to Boston in a recent mock draft.

However, ESPN.com reported after Fultz’s Saturday workout with the 76ers there are trade talks in place between Philadelphia and Boston. The potential swap would send the Celtics’ No. 1 pick to the 76ers in exchange for the No. 3 pick and future selections.

For his part, Fultz was focused on what he can control.

“I let God take care of it,” he said, per ESPN.com. “I wake up every morning and get ready to go to the gym. I don’t really pay attention to everything that’s going on. I’m truly blessed to be in this position. Whatever happens, I’m looking forward to taking my talents to wherever I go.”

Fultz averaged a head-turning 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game during his one season at Washington and had 76ers big man Joel Embiid dreaming about the future Saturday:

It is not hard to envision a scenario where Fultz, Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric develop together over the course of the next few years as the process finally comes to fruition in Philadelphia. Having Fultz would take some of the ball-handling pressure off point-forward Simmons, and the Washington prospect could also work in pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops with Embiid for years to come.

However, the trade with Boston has to happen first, even if Fultz doesn’t seem too keen on working out for the Celtics for the time being.

 

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Steve Kerr Says He’s ‘Such an Idiot’ for Forgetting Steph Curry in Parade Speech

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was hard on himself Saturday after forgetting to mention Stephen Curry during his speech at the team’s championship parade Thursday.

According to Marcus Thompson II of the Mercury News, Kerr said the following about the oversight: “Oh my God. I’m such an idiot. I blew it. I completely spaced.” 

     

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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Chad Ford Breaks Down Potential 76ers, Celtics Trade in New 2017 NBA Mock Draft

With news of a potential trade between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers involving the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, ESPN’s Chad Ford released a new mock draft Saturday.       

ESPN’s Marc Stein and Zach Lowe reported Friday that the Celtics and Sixers were in discussions for a deal that would allow Philly to move up from No. 3 to No. 1.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical confirmed the news and added that the swap would involve the 76ers trading the No. 3 overall pick and a future first-round pick to Boston for the top selection in Thursday’s draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Ford’s mock draft 6.3 assumes the two sides will complete a deal, and in it, he has the 76ers selecting Fultz No. 1 overall.

Philadelphia has accrued some talented, young assets in recent years, but it has struggled to build its backcourt.

In securing Fultz, the Sixers would get a do-it-all guard to mesh with the likes of Dario Saric, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid—provided the latter two can stay healthy.

The trade would leave the Los Angeles Lakers largely unaffected, as Ford believes they will still go with UCLA guard Lonzo Ball at No. 2.

On Thursday, Ford reported that the Celtics were considering options other than Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick, and he specifically mentioned Kansas Jayhawks forward Josh Jackson.

An anonymous general manager told Ford the following about Celtics GM Danny Ainge and how he might view Jackson:

“I’ve picked Danny’s brain for years. Jackson is an Ainge player all the way. Tough, athletic, long, versatile, elite motor. If he’s keeping the pick, Jackson just to me, far and away, is the most Celtics-type player for them to draft. From all my conversations with them, I’m convinced they’ll take Jackson No. 1.”

Although Jackson seems like less of a sure thing than Fultz, he is likely a more sensible fit in terms of what Boston needs.

The Celtics already have a loaded backcourt that includes the likes of Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart.

They don’t have a long, athletic wing the caliber of Jackson, though, and adding him to the mix could give them a better chance to compete with the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

Jackson averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game during his one season with the Jayhawks. He also shot a respectable 37.8 percent from beyond the arc, which speaks to his versatility.

Perhaps the biggest key in a trade with the 76ers, however, would be landing a future first-round pick, especially if it is the Lakers’ unprotected 2018 first-rounder.

Boston is dealing from a position of strength, and if it indeed covets Jackson as a No. 1 overall selection, the possible trade could go a long way toward setting it up to vie for championships for many years to come.

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Markelle Fultz Reportedly Working Out for Philadelphia 76ers

University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz is expected to work out for the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, according to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.

The news comes after ESPN’s Marc Stein and Zach Lowe reported Friday that the Sixers and Boston Celtics are in discussions for a trade involving the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical confirmed that the two teams were engaged in deep discussions and added that a potential deal would involve Philly sending the No. 3 overall pick and a future first-round pick to Boston for No. 1.

Moving up to No. 1 would allow the 76ers to add Fultz to a young core that already includes Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.

Boston could be passing on a future superstar if it trades down, but the possibility of selecting Kansas Jayhawks swingman Josh Jackson at No. 3 is appealing for a team that needs help on the wing more than it does in the backcourt.

In his one and only season with the Huskies, Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.

Prior to talk of a trade, ESPN’s Chad Ford projected in his latest mock draft that Boston would select Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick.

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Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz on Possible Draft Day Trades

The NBA draft is less than a week away, and buzz is starting to ramp up regarding the Los Angeles Lakers‘ interest in a possible trade involving the No. 2 overall pick. 

According to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford, the Lakers have held “internal discussions” about potentially moving back to pick No. 4 in a swap with the Phoenix Suns. However, Ford noted the Lakers would only have interest in such a deal if the Suns included a 2018 first-round pick as a sweetener. 

That’s not surprising, considering the Lakers now owe their unprotected 2018 first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to the terms of the 2015 trade deadline blockbuster that sent Brandon Knight to the Phoenix Suns and Michael Carter-Williams to the Milwaukee Bucks

As things stand, the Suns could have two first-round picks in 2018. Not only are they in possession of their own 2018 first, but they acquired the rights to the Miami Heat‘s top-seven protected selection through a 2015 trade that sent Goran Dragic to South Beach. 

Moving back two picks would also allow the Lakers to still snag one of the draft’s top prospects. According to Ford, the Lakers remain “very high” on former Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox and former Duke swingman Jayson Tatum even if they strike out on Lonzo Ball or Josh Jackson. 

Ford also relayed word that the Lakers have discussed possibly trading the second pick to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the No. 5 and No. 10 selections in this year’s draft. 

Those reports mesh with a separate one from the Los Angeles TimesTania Ganguli that surfaced on Thursday. 

Citing a source who requested anonymity, Ganguli reported the Lakers “have been taking and making calls about trading the pick.” 

Now, none of this is to say the Lakers are intent on parting with the pick. Rather, it shows they are doing their due diligence in planning for the future—especially since they’re already down an asset in 2018. 

And with president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka under the microscope as they enter their first draft in charge of the front office, all options should be explored as the Lakers attempt to position themselves as mainstays in the Western Conference for seasons to come. 

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