Report: 76ers Chose Markelle Fultz Over Jimmy Butler

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia 76ers could have acquired Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

Instead, they called Boston and acquired the No. 1 overall pick in order to select 19-year-old Markelle Fultz on Thursday.

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“Philadelphia said, ‘We don’t want Jimmy Butler, we like our youth movement,” Smith said on ESPN.

Smith reports the Celtics plan to use the Sixers’ No. 3 overall pick in order to acquire Butler. Then, they hope to sign Gordon Heyward in free-agency.

The Celtics hope a core of Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Butler, and Heyward will put them on par with the Cavaliers immediately in the east. The Sixers plan to build a championship contender with Fultz, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Dario Saric.

 

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