Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers talking trade for No. 1


The Boston Celtics are engaged in talks with the Philadelphia 76ers on a trade for the No. 1 pick in next week’s NBA draft, sources said Friday.

League sources told ESPN that the Sixers and Celtics are working on a trade that, in its current iteration, would send a package of Sixers draft picks to Boston — including Philadelphia’s No. 3 overall selection in Thursday’s draft — in exchange for Boston’s turn at No. 1.

Completing such a deal would put the Sixers in position to draft Markelle Fultz to pair him in their backcourt with Ben Simmons, last year’s No. 1 overall pick who has yet to make his NBA debut.

While it is widely assumed in league circles that the Sixers would target Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick, sources say Philadelphia and Boston are likewise high on Kansas forward Josh Jackson.

ESPN’s Chad Ford reported Thursday that the Celtics, before news of their trade intentions emerged, have contemplated using the No. 1 overall pick on Jackson.

One source close to the talks expressed confidence Friday that the deal would go through, telling Stein “they are swapping 1 and 3.”

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