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Celtics turning attention away from Markelle Fultz after swapping picks

19 June 2017

Jackson's barb came just days before the 2017 NBA Draft, in which most expect the Philadelphia 76ers to select Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick (once they acquire it from the Boston Celtics).

Fultz would add another dynamic ballhandler to the Sixers' backcourt, which already includes Simmons, who the team plans to use as the point guard.

Markelle Fultz is expected by many to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Barring an unforeseen snafu Monday, the 76ers are going to move into position to take Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

- Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) June 17, 2017Jimmy Butler will be a Celtic by Thursday night.

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Fultz - donning a 76ers cap as he arrived at the team's practice facility - visited the team in a hastily arranged get-to-know-you session, with the workout and meeting with team officials on his itinerary.

Phoenix is very, very high on Lonzo Ball, who they think is the ideal fit next to Devin Booker in the backcourt, and that would be who they would trade up for.

By moving up to the No. 1 slot from its current No. 3 spot, Philadelphia would be able to secure the services of Fultz who would fit in well with the young corps of talented players on the 76ers roster including Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid.

The Celtics would land the Lakers pick only if it's in the 2-5 range.

It would be a fair certainty that Philadelphia will be conveying either their own first-rounder in 2018 or the one in the same draft they acquired from the Lakers.

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Drafting Jackson, or Jayson Tatum (the other guy they reportedly are high on), and keeping the pick seems like the fallback option for Boston.

Maybe so he can finally make a trade for one of the league's best players in Butler.

Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers' Paul George are the two likely targets for the Celtics if they decide to flip the pick. However, the Bulls are going to ask for a lot for Butler (and rightfully so) and Boston probably won't be willing to give the Bulls exactly what they want.

For the standpoint the deal makes sense. Only time will tell.

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Celtics turning attention away from Markelle Fultz after swapping picks