PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s official.
The 76ers have acquired the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Boston Celtics, the Celtics first announced on Monday.
The Sixers will receive the No. 1 overall pick from the Celtics in exchange for the No. 3 overall pick, plus one future first-round selection. The Sixers have announced a 2:30pm press conference.
That selection will either be their 2018 first-round pick from the Lakers (protected 1, 6-30), according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. If that pick doesn’t fall in the 2-5 range and does not convey to Boston, the Celtics will receive the Sixers’ 2019 first-round pick via the Sacramento Kings.
The Sixers are expected to select Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
Fultz, who just turned 19 on May 29th, averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game as a freshman at Washington. Fultz shot 47.6% FG / 41.3% 3FG / 64.9% FT. The Huskies, however, finished 9-22 and lost their final 13 games.
Fultz worked out for the 76ers on Saturday evening and spoke to reporters after the workout, amid trade rumors.
“It would be pretty cool. Just being with a young team,” Fultz said of playing with the Sixers. “The upside of it would be crazy. I’m close to home, so a lot of my family can come out and just show love. This city has great fans.”
Fultz says he’s been in contact with Joel Embiid, who seems giddy about the possibility of adding Fultz.