The Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers agreed to a huge trade ahead of the NBA Draft, scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 22. In the trade, the Celtics agreed to send the first overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, while the 76ers will send their third overall pick this year plus a 2018 conditional first round pick. Specifically, the 76ers will be able to send a first round pick dependent on the Los Angeles Lakers finishing between 2nd and 5th place in the 2018 draft. If that condition is not met, then the 76ers would send their 2019 first round pick acquired from the Sacramento Kings instead.
The 76ers seem to be eager to select University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz, who is considered by most NBA draft analysts as the top prospect available in this year’s crop of candidates. Fultz had already worked out for the 76ers on Saturday, which sparked public speculation about talks of a trade between Philadelphia and Boston. The 76ers also tried to get Fultz comfortable with the youth-oriented atmosphere of the team, inviting Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Robert Covington to bid a welcome to Fultz.
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As for Fultz, he’s keeping an open mind and not taking for granted that Philadelphia will indeed select him. “I let God take care of it… I don’t really pay attention to everything that’s going on… Whatever happens, I’m looking forward to taking my talents to wherever I go,” he said. Fultz was still on the junior varsity team of his high school in 2014, just three years ago. Since then, he developed into a 6 foot 4 inch guard who was able to average 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during his freshman season at Washington; he finished as the top freshman scorer in all of college basketball, with similar numbers to current Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant when he spent a season with the University of Texas.