The 2017 NBA Draft is just under one week away.
However, we could be getting a shakeup before the draft even begins. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Celtics and 76ers have been talking about a trade involving the No. 1 overall pick.
League sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me that the Sixers and Celtics are in serious talks on a trade involving the No. 1 overall pick.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 16, 2017
In current parameters, BOS would receive several picks and no players, sources say. Have to think No. 3 would be involved. https://t.co/xHYANlYzeT— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 16, 2017
Sources: Philadelphia is waiting on medical information on Markelle Fultz, but deep into talks on acquiring Boston's No. 1 overall pick.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 16, 2017
One would assume this means Boston would move down to the No. 3 pick, while Philly would move to No. 1 and take Fultz. If the 76ers stay at No. 3, De’Aaron Fox has been a player rumored to be in the mix there.
But if the Celtics are on the clock at No. 3, it sounds like they strongly prefer Josh Jackson. That means Fox probably slips to No. 5 to the Kings, though he’s been picking up some steam for No. 4 to the Suns.
However, the Lakers could make their own deal to move up to the top spot. According to DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony, the Lakers are high enough on Fultz that they could deal star forward Julius Randle and the no. 2 pick to move up to No. 1:
“Word out of LA is Markelle Fultz “murdered” his Lakers workout yesterday. May be “the best one” they’ve seen. Sadly, likely all for naught. I’m told Fultz played competitively 2 on 2, even though that wasn’t agreed to in advance. Apparently shot ball very well.
“Multiple sources have told me that Magic (Johnson) “is in love” with Fultz. May try to move up to #1, possibly with a Julius Randle + #2 pick offer.”
Randle has become a very good power forward for the Lakers, but it sounds like he’s become expendable under new management.