In a deal that won't be final until Monday, the 76ers dove in head first and shook things up by picking up the first pick. While the majority of the Celtics' offseason previously revolved around former Washington guard Markelle Fultz, Boston must now turn their attention toward another crop of players, as the former Huskies standout is nearly certainly coming off the board at No. 1 overall.
Assuming Ford's reporting holds up, and assuming the Lakers finally use the second overall pick to draft Lonzo Ball, the reported trade with the Sixers would likely allow the Celtics to get their man with the third pick and stay positioned near the top of the lottery in 2018 or 2019.
Wojnarowski also reported that Fultz would not have agreed to a workout with the Sixers on Saturday if a deal was not in place.
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The fact the Sixers are willing to give up either the Lakers' No. 1 pick next year or the Kings' pick the following year shows that General Manager Bryan Colangelo saw this move as one he had to make, and rightly so.
But the good fortune for the Celtics was misfortune for Markelle Fultz. Could they take Josh Jackson from Kansas? The Bulls have said that in order for them to make a move, they'd need several future high draft picks.
Philadelphia had the No. 1 draft spot three previous times, taking Doug Collins in 1973, Allen Iverson in 1996 and Ben Simmons a year ago.
Fultz shined for the Huskies last season, but they only won nine games and lost 22. Embiid and Dario Saric will finish in the top three when rookie of the year results get announced on June 26, and Simmons is expected to be ready for next season after recovering from foot surgery.