76ers and Celtics close to swapping picks in the 2017 Draft

Washington's Markelle Fultz is widely considered the best prospect in the draft.   Christian Petersen  Getty

The Boston Celtics are considering trading the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Plus, what Danny Ainge is really trying to do is stockpile assets to gear up for a Jimmy Butler trade with the Chicago Bulls. "I'm anxious to get to that day and get it over with". "I'm big on that". The draft will get underway next Thursday, June 22.

The deal is expected to be announced Monday since the league offices are closed on weekends.

If Philly follows through on its current plans to take Fultz, he would provide the 76ers with a major scoring threat and ballhandler who could take some of the playmaking and decision-making pressure off Ben Simmons, who the Sixers took first overall in last year's Draft. Barely three years later, he's nearly certainly going to become the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft — and if he gets to start his pro career by calling Philadelphia his new home, he'll be living roughly a 2 1/2-hour drive from his hometown of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

In the proposed deal, Boston would acquire Philadelphia's No. 3 overall pick in 2017 in a package that includes a future first from the 76ers, sources said. That pick could be a protected pick in 2021. If he's keeping the pick, Jackson just to me, far and away, is the most Celtics-type player for them to draft. The workout in Philadelphia occurred instead of a previously scheduled meeting with the Celtics. Fultz was the obvious first overall selection in this draft class, but he wasn't a real fit on the Celtics.

"It would be pretty cool".

"I play with great players all the time, so whatever (Simmons) needs me to do", he said.

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But things started happening for the Sixers on Friday, which tends to be the case as the draft gets closer.

You'd probably be looking at a starting five of Simmons, Fultz, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Embiid.

See Markelle Fultz's college highlights from Washington.

All of this leaves Boston as the team holding the cards this summer, with the potential to change the fortunes of several other teams.

In 25 games, Fultz averaged 23.2 points on 47.6 percent from the field.

The Celtics have a lot of very nice role players, but if Fultz becomes a star - and he has the tools to do so - this reasoning could look questionable in the future.

On top of that, the 2018 Lakers' pick could turn out to be extremely valuable and Terry Rozier is a talented young player with a ton of long-term upside at the point guard position.

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