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Friday / October 20.
  • Reports: Celtics, Sixers Discussing Trade for No. 1 Pick

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    The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are involved in trade talks for the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, according to The Vertical and ESPN.

    The Celtics own the No. 1 pick, which is expected to be Washington’s Markelle Fultz, but would deal it to the Sixers, who own the No. 3 pick, for a package including the 2018 unprotected first-rounder the Sixers will receive from the Los Angeles Lakers, according to The Vertical.

    Philadelphia could then choose Fultz at No. 1 and pair with him with point forward Ben Simmons and big man Joel Embiid, among others, while Boston could potentially draft a wing like Kansas’ Josh Jackson or Duke’s Jayson Tatum at No. 3 and play one of them alongside Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley.

    Fultz has met with Boston and the Lakers, while the Sixers have hosted several prospects, including Kentucky shooting guard Malik Monk on Thursday. The Sixers will host Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox on Saturday.

    Meantime, a source told ZAGSBLOG N.C. State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was on his way Friday to meet with Boston GM Danny Ainge for a workout.

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.