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Sunday, January 20, 2019

76ers reportedly beat out Lakers in trade for No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have a deal worked out for the No. 1 overall draft pick, which is expected to be Markelle Fultz.

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski puts a bow on trade rumors that have been blowing since Friday about a potential Celtics-Sixers deal. Wojnarowski says that Philly wanted to work out Fultz on Saturday — which they did — in order to finalize the trade.

One really interesting note is that the Sixers beat out the Lakers in the Fultz/No. 1 pick sweepstakes. According to Woj, Philly was able to offer more to Boston to move up than the Lakers. Philly offered a future first-round pick to Boston in order to swap picks this year.

If the Lakers indeed attempted to get Fultz, then it would confirm rumors that the Lakers did want to move up for Fultz. It could also means that the rumors that the Lakers aren’t sold on Lonzo Ball at No. 2 are accurate.

Once the trade happens, the 76ers will have Fultz, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on their roster — four players taken No. 3 or higher in the draft.

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