Sixers 'in advanced talks' with Celtics to acquire No. 1 pick


CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) Markelle Fultz worked out for Philadelphia on Saturday night, as the 76ers continued moving toward potentially acquiring the No. 1 pick from the Boston Celtics and having the chance to make the first overall selection for the second consecutive season. But there may be a plot twist in the works: the Celtics are in advanced talks to trade the first overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to USA Today Sports. The Celtics were expected to control the trade market on this year's draft with them having the rights to the Brooklyn Nets first round pick. Fultz is reportedly flying into Philadelphia where the staff will conduct a physical, per Adrain Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

This might be the best case scenario for Boston as while Markelle Fultz is the best player in the draft, they are not in need of another point guard.

With Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons already on the roster, the Sixers would be picking up one more piece to the puzzle that could turn them into a contender sooner rather than later.

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On top of that, Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress reports the Lakers are "in love" with Fultz, who has always been the presumptive No. 1 pick, following a strong workout on Thursday. Julius went on to average a double-double in what was technically his rookie season, averaging 11.3 points per game and 10.2 rebounds at age 21. Finding a shooter with his 3-point ability was a priority for the Sixers.

Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo was in Sacramento, California, on Friday to attend a private workout for Jackson.

The deal could also affect how other teams draft. From all my conversations with them, I'm convinced they'll take Jackson.

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Earlier, the team's employees and guests watched intently as Fultz's workout - one that weeks ago seemed nothing more than wishful thinking - took place. He shot 51.3 percent from the field, including 37.8 percent on 3-pointers, though he only made 56.6 percent of his free throws. Until recently, it was a foregone conclusion that the Lakers would select Ball with the No. 2 overall pick.

That the University of Washington point guard worked out for the Sixers was an indication that the team was close to acquiring from the Celtics the only flawless fit in the National Basketball Association draft. Simmons missed all of last season with a broken foot. "I set goals for myself and I'm going to go out there and achieve".

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