76ers, Celtics agree on trade for No. 1 pick

NBA Philadelphia 76ers Press Conference

The 76ers coach, former Australian Boomers mentor Brett Brown, has previously indicated 208 cm tall Simmons could be used as point guard next season.

Guard Markelle Fultz is expected to be the No. 1 pick but he will not be heading to the Celtics. He can get to the basket and shoot from outside.

When word came out Friday that the 76ers were in deep discussions to acquire the No. 1 pick from Danny Ainge and the Celtics, I was initially surprised.

In 2013, Boston acquired the No. 1 pick through the Nets' disastrous draft-night deal that landed aging stars Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry in Brooklyn for a package that included three unprotected first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 plus the right to swap picks this year.

"I'm a competitor", Fultz said, via the Los Angeles Times. "Unbelievable. I'm just anxious to get to that day, know where I'm going, so I can fully invest into it". "Whatever happens, I'm looking forward to taking my talents wherever I go".

The Celtics are to get the No. 3 pick, plus an additional first-rounder either next year or in 2019, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity on Saturday night because the trade has not been formally approved by the league. That's how highly I think of Fultz.

Fultz has followed a hectic workout schedule. "Maybe they're really interested in me". "It was what's best for me as a player (to sit out)".

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Fultz will now team up with the rest of the Sixers young and talented core, including Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Dario Saric, in hopes that the franchise can soon get back to their winning ways.

"I let God take care of it", he said. "The upside of it would be insane".

Philadelphia worked out Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox earlier Saturday. Instead, it looked for so long that he would go to the Celtics. During his visit, the 19-year-old was seen wearing a Philadelphia cap, and even took a photo with Embiid, Simmons, and Robert Covington.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Fultz made 41.3 percent of his shots from the college three-point line. Each would find themselves on the bench, at least to start the year, but they'd surely get impactful minutes.

No Sixers executives were available to the media. Mason is listed as a second-round pick in most mock drafts, but he's turned heads with his leadership and athleticism.

As for Fultz likely missing out on a chance to team up with Thomas, the Washington stalwart has indicated the talks and rumors on where he is going don't affect him. "So a lot of my family can come out and just show love, and this city has great fans". "If I'm running the floor or I'm setting the screen for him, it doesn't matter".

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