ESPN’s Marc Stein reports the Celtics and Sixers are in serious trade talks centering around the number one NBA draft selection. ESPN’s Zach Lowe and The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski have issued similar reports. Wojnarowski reported the talks are so serious that probable number one pick Markelle Fultz could meet with the Sixers on Saturday.
What would the trade include for the Celtics? The Vertical reports the two teams would swap the first and third picks. The Sixers would send the Celtics a future first round pick, and potentially more in return for moving up in the draft.
Lowe believes there would be several picks involved, which would be quite a haul for the Celtics for moving down just two spots.
Wojnarowski and ESPN’s Chad Ford have recently linked the Celtics to Josh Jackson. Ford cited an anonymous general manager who believes the Celtics like Jackson more than Fultz.
“Jackson will be better than all of those guys [at his position in Boston]. Danny’s looking for a star, and I think Jackson has as much or more star potential than Fultz or Ball. Everyone on the Celtics is an asset. Danny can move them all. He’ll take the player he likes the best. Period. He’ll figure out fit in the summer,” the GM told ESPN.
If the Celtics are looking to trade out of the top spot, there is likely a strong belief within the organization that Jackson would fit their team better with the presence of Isaiah Thomas.
After news broke of the Sixers-Cetlics rumors, Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony reported Magic Johnson is “in love” with Fultz, and could offer the second pick along with Julius Randle to move up one spot.
It looks like the Celtics are creating an arms race to acquire the top pick. For the past month, it had become a forgone conclusion the Celtics were set on Fultz. Unless the Celtics are issuing a lot of smokescreens, it appears Fultz’s status could be in limbo.
Heavy explores the various trade scenarios in our latest NBA mock draft.