Report: Sixers to Acquire No. 1 Overall Pick, Select Fultz
As first reported by TNT’s David Aldridge, the Sixers and Celtics have agreed in principle to swap the Nos. 1 and 3 picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft, the deal is expected to be finalized on Monday and the 76ers are expected to take Washington guard Markelle Fultz.
Fultz led all major conference players with 23.2 points per game, the third most by a major conference freshman over the last 25 seasons.
He was just the second D-I player over the last 25 seasons to average 20 PPG, 5 APG and 1 Block PG along with Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway in 1992-93 for Memphis.
Trade between Philly and Boston will be finalized on Monday, per source. Sides have agreed. Sixers will get first pick and take Fultz.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 18, 2017
The terms of the deal, according Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Celtics will receive the Sixers No. 3 pick on Thursday night, the Lakers 2018 pick (there are protections with picks 2-5), if that doesn’t convey, they will receive the Kings 2019 pick.
Clarification on deal: Besides its 2017 FRP, Philly sends ’18 Lakers pick w/ protections. If it doesn’t convey, 76ers send 2019 Kings pick.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 18, 2017
The 2018 Lakers pick to BOS has protections on top and bottom that could keep it in Philly, and if so, then 2019 Kings’ pick goes to Boston. https://t.co/l38PneUMdh — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 18, 2017
Fultz worked out for the Sixers on Saturday evening, and discussed why he felt he was the best player in this draft and worth moving up for.
“First of all, how I carry myself as a player and as a young man,” Fultz said. “Just being humble. I’m just a hard worker. I’ll do whatever it takes to help any team I go to win.”