Celtics to trade No. 1 Pick to 76ers

Lynette Rowe
June 19, 2017

After a day and a half of intense rumors and speculation, the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics have reportedly agreed to a trade that will send the Sixers the top pick in this year's draft, and the right to select elite prospect Markelle Fultz.

The deal was completed Saturday night when University of Washington point guard Markelle Fultz passed his physical at the 76ers training facility in Camden, New Jersey. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, who first reported on the rumored deal, the Celtics would also get a conditional pick that will be either the Lakers' first-round pick in 2018 or the Sacramento Kings' first-round pick in 2019.

There could be real reasons, of course, that the Celtics chose to trade the pick.

If Philly follows through on its current plans to take Fultz, he would provide the 76ers with a major scoring threat and ballhandler who could take some of the playmaking and decision making pressure off Ben Simmons, who the Sixers took first overall in last year's Draft. "It was just a situation where I had stuff going on in my knee and I took care of it", he said Saturday. "I think I'm just a hard worker, and I'll do whatever it takes to help whatever team I go to, to win".

Fultz's rise to stardom has been rapid. The Maryland native has blown away scouts and analysts from all over the country with his play since his junior year of high school, the year after he was pumped up from DeMatha Catholic junior varsity squad.

The deal obviously comes with some mixed feelings from both Celtics and Sixers fans, with some fans in Boston upset about losing their first no. 1 pick in decades, and some in Philly upset about the haul they give up to get the pick.

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"So when I saw that it was pretty cool and pretty amusing", he said of the selfie. A single draft pick may not transform them to a championship team overnight.

"I really don't pay a lot of attention to it", Fultz said. He's a cool guy, pretty amusing. Just last week, at his celebrity softball game, George told reporters that "I'm under contract as a Pacer". Fox, a 6-4 point guard who averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds for the Wildcats, is frighteningly quick with explosive leaping ability. They finished 9-22 and rarely put up competitive efforts in Pac-12 play.

Philadelphia had the No. 1 draft spot on three previous occasions, taking Doug Collins in 1973, Allen Iverson in 1996 and Simmons a year ago.

The same questions about fit will now surround Philadelphia's backcourt, although Ben Simmons - who missed his entire rookie season previous year while recovering from a foot injury - can be more of a traditional point guard than Thomas, and won't require the ball in his hands as much. But with Fultz, Philadelphia - which has asked its fans to endure some dismal stretches and "Trust The Process" for the past few years - would likely expect to turn a real corner toward respectability again.

Philadelphia went 28-54 this past season, after winning 19, 18 and 10 games in the previous three seasons. "He's a cool guy".

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.

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