On Friday evening, news broke from multiple National Basketball Association sources that the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics were engaged in serious discussions about a trade that would land the Sixers the first overall pick in the draft, an opportunity to draft top prospect Markelle Fultz.
Wojnarowski also reported that Fultz could meet with the Sixers as soon as Saturday.
With all that being said, taking Fultz would still be the better option and the Celtics can not pass up such an elite talent at No. 1. "Lonzo is a great guard".
It would allow Boston to avoid the headache of finding playing time for two standout point guards - Fultz and Isaiah Thomas, who becomes a free agent after next season.
Boston picks first in the draft, followed by the Lakers and Philadelphia.
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For the Sixers, this deal lets Bryan Colangelo take arguably the best player in the draft while getting rid of the disgruntled Okafor.
With the NBA's "one and done" rule, there are so many players in the draft who spent only one year in college and many young global athletes 18-19 years old. The news was compounded by immediate reports that Jackson canceled his workout with the Celtics, while just Tuesday, he opted in for a second workout with the Lakers because, he said, "Of course, I'm not gonna tell them no". Would Magic be bold enough to trade up a spot from No. 2 to No. 1 with the Lakers' biggest historical rival, the Boston Celtics to draft Fultz at No. 1?
Adding Fultz to the mix would give Philadelphia three young players with tremendous upside. "You're drafting, for the most part, teams are drafting on potential and for the future". The Celtics already hosted Fultz, but the slick scorer said he isn't afraid of a little extra scrutiny. "Never know where I might land, so I just wanted to see how it is out here".
The likely No. 1 pick sitting on a vehicle previously owned by Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach certainly seems a little too convenient with the draft just around the corner.
Some of Jackson's issues finding a consistent shooting stroke could have been to do with moving back and forth from warming the Celtics' bench to starting for the Red Claws.