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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.

Multiple outlets reported that Boston had traded the No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia for the 76ers' third overall choice plus additional picks.

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the 76ers are sending first-rounders for 2018 (Lakers) and 2019 (Kings) in addition to their selection this year.

"I'm truly blessed to be in this position", Fultz told reporters in Philadelphia after the workout with the 76ers.

The trade would enable the Sixers to draft Fultz, who is said by many to be a flawless fit for the team.

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"I had some stuff going on with my knee - I don't really want to address it", Fultz said. "Whatever happens, I'm looking forward to taking my talents to wherever I go".

Since the one thing we know is the exact draft picks the Celtics have in this year's draft, we'll once again make those picks in a Boston only mock draft. The Celtics are clearly in the driver's seat here as they now host a team that won 50 games and earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season.

His rise to likely being the top overall pick in Thursday's draft is occurring three years after Fultz was playing on his high school's junior varsity's team.

Boston will thus have at least two potential lottery picks in 2018-the Celtics already have Brooklyn's unprotected first-round pick next year-along with 2019 first-rounders from the Clippers and Memphis.

As for how he'd fit in with the Sixers, Fultz believes his skill-set is just what this team needs to take the next step.

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Fultz, a Maryland native, averaged 23.3 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds in his one season at Washington. They finished 9-22 and rarely put up competitive efforts in Pac-12 play.

In the past 10 seasons, only two other freshmen had a better scoring average in college: Kevin Durant for Texas in 2006 to 2007, and Michael Beasley for Kansas State in 2007 to 2008. The Lakers now own the No. 2 pick in a deep draft class that many scouts are calling the best since 2003.

Fultz is apparently going to get taken one spot better. Like I said, a dream I always had. Or has the plan been to flip this pick and other assets to land a star to go after the Cavaliers sooner rather than later?

Last season's improved win total came with Okafor (50), Embiid (31) and Simmons (0) combining for 81 appearances, as Philadelphia's trend of being absolutely snakebitten by injuries continued.

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