The Boston Celtics are reportedly in talks with the Philadelphia Sixers on a trade involving the No. 1 overall pick:
If Boston’s infatuation with Josh Jackson is true, it would take pressure off of the Celtics to take consensus No. 1 selection Markelle Fultz.
Whether this is a decision based on Boston’s thinking of Fultz, starting point guard Isaiah Thomas, or simply that continuing to get picks will allow the Celtics the ability to slow build as the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers remain on top is unknown.
It certainly would be a blockbuster deal for the Sixers, who have slowly trusted the process in building a roster around young, budding stars. A roster around the likely pick of Fultz, Ben Simmons, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric certainly seems promising.
According to ESPN, Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson and De’Aaron Fox are in play for the top selection, regardless of who holds it.