Former Husky guard Markelle Fultz is reportedly headed for Philadelphia after the 76ers reached an agreed in principle to swap draft picks with the Boston Celtics.
CAMDEN, N.J. — The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have agreed in principle to swap the Nos. 1 and 3 picks in Thursday’s NBA draft, and Philadelphia is expected to use the No. 1 pick on Washington guard Markelle Fultz, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.
The Celtics will receive additional picks in the deal, sources told ESPN — a 2018 first-rounder that the 76ers had via the Lakers, and another future first-rounder. Specific protection of those picks is not yet known.
The trade is likely to be finalized Monday.
Fultz worked out for Philadelphia on Saturday. Donning a 76ers cap as he arrived at the team’s practice facility, Fultz said he’s trying not to pay much attention to the trade talk.
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“I’m truly blessed to be in this position,” he said. “Whatever happens, I’m looking forward to taking my talents to wherever I go.”
Fultz’s rise to stardom has been rapid. In 2014, he was playing junior varsity basketball in high school. Barely three years later, he’s almost certainly going to become the No. 1 pick. In Philadelphia, he’ll be roughly a 2½-hour drive from his hometown of Upper Marlboro, Md.