The 2017 NBA Draft is four days away but rumors of trades for the No. 1 pick ratcheted up on Friday and Saturday as reports came out that the Boston Celtics were willing to trade away the No. 1 overall pick and that they were negotiating a blockbuster deal with Atlantic division rivals the Philadelphia 76ers.
Markelle Fultz is expected by many to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. The guard from the University of Washington was rumored to be working out Saturday for the 76ers according to a report in the Boston Herald.
This news comes after a report on Friday by ESPN that the Celtics and 76ers were negotiating for a trade that involved the Celtics’ No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft that will be held in New York City at the Barclays Center.
Early Sunday, word was the two teams had reached a deal and Philly would have the No. 1 pick.
By moving up to the No. 1 slot from its current No. 3 spot, Philadelphia would be able to secure the services of Fultz who would fit in well with the young corps of talented players on the 76ers roster including Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid.
By trading away the No. 1pick, the Celtics would pass on Fultz who is expected to be a future superstar but a possibility of landing Josh Jackson a swingman from Kansas at No. 3 is quite appealing for the Celtics who need help at the wing position more than they do in the backcourt.
In his first and last season with the Washington Huskies, Fultz proved quickly why he is considered the No. 1 overall prospect in the draft. Fultz ended his freshman season averaging 23.2 points, 5.8 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.
However, there could be other teams that trade up to take the No. 1 pick including the Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls, but it appears those possibilities are no longer on the table.
The most logical appeared to be the Lakers as it is rumored that Magic Johnson loves how Fultz plays.
One potential trade had Boston giving the No. 1 the Lakers for the No. 2 pick and another top pick in the draft and then Boston trading down to No. 4 of even No. 5 in a deal with the Phoenix Suns or Sacramento Kings.