Official: 76ers Trade With Celtics For No. 1 Pick

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.

Related: Josh Hart Doesn’t Care About Other People’s Expectations

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.


“Embiid, he and I have been talking before when I was in college,” Fultz said. “He’s a cool guy. He’s giving me tips and pointers and he’s pretty funny, so when I saw that it was pretty cool and pretty funny. I’m pretty happy that the players here want me to come here.”

If the Sixers do indeed select Fultz, they will have a young and exciting core of Embiid (23), Fultz (19), Ben Simmons (20), Dario Saric (23), and Robert Covington (26). Not to mention last year’s 24th overall pick Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (22), big man Richaun Holmes (23), and Turkish shooting guard Furkan Korkmaz (19).

Plus, the Sixers have four second-round picks in Thursday’s draft and, per, the most cap space in the NBA.

As you can see by the poll results below, expectations are already high.



Related: #RTArmaggedon To Happen When 76ers Announce Trade

In support of former 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie, who made countless moves to put the Sixers in position to make these types of moves, Hinkie fans started #RTArmaggedon on Twitter. Fans began tweeted all of the anti-Hinkie takes over the past few years.

via 215Today.


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