Joel Embiid Sets Twitter Ablaze With Tweet About NBA Draft

Joel Embiid Sets Twitter Ablaze With Tweet About NBA Draft

The part we're borrowing from him is this: let's pretend that John Paxson and Gar Forman are paying attention to the talks that the Celtics and 76ers are potentially swapping the No. 1 and No. 3 overall picks in the 2017 NBA Draft less than a week before draft night. ESPN's Marc Stein and Zach Lowe and The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski are all reporting that the Celtics are in serious discussions with the Philadelphia 76ers to trade the top pick. In return the Celtics would get the 76ers number three overall pick ths season and two future first round picks.

Sources have also said that Fultz was disappointed when the Sixers weren't awarded the first pick in the lottery last month. While the No. 1 pick would obviously be nice, there's been debate over how much the Celtics would want a player like Fultz when they have thrived with Isaiah Thomas handling playmaking duties. The team already has a lot of upside in the frontcourt with Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid, but have been lacking a point guard over the last couple of seasons. Before taking Ingram in 2016, Los Angeles selected point guard D'Angelo Russell in 2015.

Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo was in Sacramento, California, on Friday to attend a private workout for Jackson.

Therefore, if nothing else, the Celtics will be willing to listen to trade offers (or make a few phone calls of their own) to see about acquiring talent enough to try and take that next step towards a Championship. 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.

In their only Pac-12 matchup, Fultz scored 25 points on 9-for-19 shooting and Ball converted 7 of 12 shots for 22 points.

Matsuyama moves up leaderboard at US Open
He birdied three straight holes to move into second at 6 under, one shot back of co-leaders Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele. Just look at the hole location sheet for the day's play on Friday; nearly all of them are hidden away near the edge of greens.

The extension of these talks is the potential for Ainge to get more value out of the top pick, so he can push himself over the edge, ensuring that he can go out and get any superstar from any team he wants.

There have been rumblings Jackson could go as high as No. 1 and Fultz, who seemed nearly a lock to be the first pick by the Celtics, might slip.

The Sixers' front office executives and coach Brett Brown were not available to speak, but a league source said Saturday night that the deal will be completed Monday since the National Basketball Association office was closed over the weekend.

The Nets can be forgiven if they close their eyes when the first pick goes off Thursday in their own Barclays Center. Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox, who got the better of Ball in this year's Sweet 16, could be L.A.'s pick. "I'd like to go (No.) 1, but wherever I land is where I go".

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