Report: 76ers discussing deal with Celtics for #1 pick

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Report: 76ers discussing deal with Celtics for #1 pick

NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, left, watches as Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, right, reacts after the learning the Celtics had won the first pick in the NBA basketball draft, at the draft lottery, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Boston Celtics picked up the number one overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. However, it might be the Philadelphia 76ers that will get to use it.

The two teams are reportedly discussing a trade that would see the Celtics move down to the 76ers’ #3 spot, in exchange for a future first rounder, with Philadelphia leaping up to #1. 

The deal was first reported by ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Zach Lowe. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski later confirmed the report.

Based on the initial reporting, the 76ers would acquire the number one overall pick in this year’s draft. The Celtics in return would get the third overall pick, the 2018 first round pick of the LA Lakers, and potentially a 2021 first round pick with “complicated protections.” 

The possibility of the deal has led to the 76ers working out point guard Markelle Fultz, considered to be one of the best players in the draft. 

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