Sixers getting busier as NBA Draft approaches

Posted June 17, 2017

The madness started when reports surfaced stating the Celtics were in serious trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers about the No. 1 pick.

The NBA draft is still a few days away, but presumptive No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz has already landed himself an endorsement deal.

The likely No. 1 pick sitting on a auto previously owned by Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach certainly seems a little too convenient with the draft just around the corner.

Also, an National Basketball Association source confirmed the Sixers were working out Kansas small forward Josh Jackson on Friday in Sacramento.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal would include Philadelphia sending the third selection and a package of future first-round picks to Boston for the first selection. Now, it appears that teams are trying to get the first overall pick in order to make sure they are able to draft him. In a media conference call, ESPN's Fran Fraschilla shared his thoughts on what everyone is wondering, who will be taken after Fultz and Ball?

Fultz said he could easily mix with Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell due to the versatility both players have in their game. The Sixers have a number of future first rounders, including the Lakers' unprotected first rounder next year, although that would be a very steep a price. In such a scenario, the Lakers would have to hope that either Lonzo Ball or Josh Jackson, the two players they most covet, will still be available at No. 4. Fultz also can pull up and shoot the three-pointer.

Danny Ainge is no stranger to a draft deal. And he can slide off the ball and be a solid addition next to Ben Simmons.

Fultz termed the decision to work out for the Lakers as a "family decision". While the Celtics own the No. 1 overall pick, the Sixers will select No. 3 next Thursday. This is considered a strong draft class, and the disparity between players No. 1 through five or six is not especially wide for some teams.

Many expect University of Washington point guard Markelle Fultz to be the Celts' choice.