76ers trade for No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's draft

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Otherwise, the Celtics will have a choice between the better 2019 first-round pick between Sacramento or Philadelphia.

Paul George and the Cleveland Cavaliers: Woj: "In the past 24 hours, Pritchard has become more aggressive in pursuing trades for George, league sources told The Vertical". The Celtics will get the pick if it falls in slots 2-5 in next summer's National Basketball Association draft lottery.

In addition to the third overall pick in the 2017 draft, the Celtics receive what will likely be a top-five pick in either 2018 or 2019.

Don't cry too much for the Celtics.

As a result, the Sixers are free to pick Washington point guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall selection in the National Basketball Association draft.

"We are very pleased with the outcome of this trade, which puts us in the enviable position of selecting first overall in consecutive draft years", Colangelo said. "In a sense, we're using house money".

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Fultz worked out for the Sixers on Saturday night.

The general manager and team mutually parted ways on Monday when owner David Gilbert said Griffin's contract will not be extended once it expires June 30. He wrote "Be Ready ..."

While Fultz and Simmons are point guards, the Sixers believe they can co-exist - specifically playing Fultz off the ball at shooting guard, allowing Simmons to take advantage of court vision and passing skills and allowing Fultz to showcase his scoring while not running the offense. Using that ammunition to bring in George - who averaged a career-high 23.7 points-per-game on 46-percent shooting last season, and is considered a superstar talent by numerous top National Basketball Association minds - makes too much sense for the Celtics not to pull the trigger if they want to try and legitimately compete with the Cavaliers in a depleted Eastern Conference. "He's super explosive. He's super talented. I think they're both terrific talents".

The 19-year-old made 41.3 percent of his shots from the college three-point line. Finding a shooter with his 3-point skill and the ability to play off the ball was a priority for the Sixers. Also, Fultz will never be wearing an Adidas jersey... It turns out Danny got even less than what we thought he was going to get on Friday.

Philadelphia fans and media in favor of the trade say Fultz would mesh well with Simmons.

When the trade becomes official, the draft slots will look nearly identical to the order of the first four from past year. Then in 2013, he shipped Garnett, Pierce and Jason Terry for multiple future draft picks from there Brooklyn Nets, including the No. 1 pick that Boston won in the lottery this year.

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