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

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The Boston Celtics finally landed themselves the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, so it only feels right for them to want to deal it away as soon as possible. Many had their own theories about what's next for the Celtics as they load up picks, while others focused more on the excitement of Fultz likely heading to Philadelphia in a few weeks.

Fultz worked out for Philadelphia on Saturday.

The Lakers' spending power has been severely limited in recent seasons due to past trades. The protections are still not clear, but the National Basketball Association changed its rules where unprotected picks acquired in previous deals can add protections, so the 76ers could have some protections on these unprotected assets.

The Lakers, instead, will stand pat at number two with little having changed in the process of the last week.

The Celtics have been linked with either Josh Jackson of Kansas or Jayson Tatum of Duke at No. 3, although multiple media outlets reported the team may be willing to deal the pick.

There also remains a chance the Lakers move down, something that has also been rumored in recent days. Barely three years later, he's nearly certainly going to become the No. 1 pick - 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.

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"I come to Philly a lot, and just showing the love for the city", Fultz said of his hat. And, by adding another likely top 10 pick for next year, the Celtics now have even more assets to make a run at someone like Indiana Pacers star Paul George or, more likely, Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler, via trade next month after they attempt to sign someone like Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward or Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in free agency.

Before Friday, the consensus was that Fultz was bound for the Celtics, who have the first overall pick.

But it came at a cost - years of losing to tank for Embiid and Simmons and an extra first-round pick to move up with the Celtics to draft Fultz No. 1 overall this year.

"I got to get a cheesesteak", Fultz said. Each would find themselves on the bench, at least to start the year, but they'd surely get impactful minutes. Here is something I think the Pelicans may be interested in. Getting that right will factor into how this trade is judged years from now. "It was just a situation where I had stuff going on in my knee and I took care of it", he said.

Fultz's rise to stardom has been rapid. "It's a good deal for both teams". He shot 47.6 percent, averaged along with 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games during his freshman season with the Huskies, who posted a 9-22 record. Assuming health - a big assumption, given Simmons missed all last season with a broken foot and Embiid has played 31 games in three seasons - Philadelphia looks like a rising powerhouse in the Eastern Conference.

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