It's not often you see the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft offered up to trade suitors, but if you believe the rumors flying around, the Philadelphia 76ers are pretty close to closing a deal with the Boston Celtics that would earn them the top pick in the draft. The assumption is that they're trying to move up in order to draft Markelle Fultz, considered by most draft experts to be the clear-cut best player in the class.
Consider Fultz's potential future teammate, Sixers center Joel Embiid, one of those so-called experts. While hanging out at Philly's practice facility with teammate Dario Saric, Embiid decided to snap a picture of the locker that had been prepared for Fultz's workout with the team on Saturday.
Trust The Process pic.twitter.com/LLNzDiBWpc— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 17, 2017
Embiid, who already has the city of Philadelphia in the palm of his hand, prompted a swift reaction from his hometown fans, who are about ready to line up and start purchasing their Fultz jerseys already. They are 100 percent down with the game plan their fearless leader is laying out.
Embiid has played like 30 games total and he's already a Top 10 all-time Sixer. https://t.co/XeIIOPr9Ru— Brian Grubb (@briancgrubb) June 17, 2017
i'm going to be absolutely inconsolable if this falls through https://t.co/tM26v9BAWJ— Kurt (@Kurt_BSH) June 17, 2017
RESPECT THE GOATS— Jeff McDev (@JeffMcDev) June 17, 2017
Meanwhile, in Boston, fans are a little more tense about the whole thing. Turns out, they're not really all that thrilled about sacrificing the top pick in the draft!
"The price for the #1 pick just went up" pic.twitter.com/QclFCyKTd8— One Take At A Time (@OneTakeAtATime) June 17, 2017
Celtics trading the number 1 pick for more draft pics.. A 50 win team playing for the future pic.twitter.com/pe4vT19wkh— Skip-Bae-Less (@Darkskin_Nikka) June 17, 2017
This all comes attached to a very important caveat—the deal still has to actually be completed. Embiid's hopes and dreams don't mean much if Bryan Colangelo and Danny Ainge can't agree on a price. If you believe The Vertical's Adrian Wojanarowski, though, it appears the two GMs are simply hashing things out, and will ultimately settle on a final price.
Discussions have centered on Sixers sending 2017 No. 3, 2018 Lakers pick, and possibly 2021 1st -- including complicated protections. https://t.co/LwswzXyCzf— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 17, 2017
Even if the proposed trade doesn't go down, never stop being you, Joel. He has a flair for the dramatic and is happy to let the fans bask in breaking news along with him, and we're all better off because of it.
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