Reports: Fultz workout complete, Celtics and Sixers agree on No. 1 pick trade

19 Comments

The Philadelphia 76ers wanted Markell Fultz to come in, talk to him, get a look at his medical records, see how coachable he was, and just get a sense of the man. They did that with his workout Saturday.

Now the Celtics and Sixers have agreed to a trade that will send Philadelphia the No. 1 pick for the No. 3 this year, the Lakers first rounder next year with protections (it is rumored it has to fall between 2 and 5), then if that pick doesn’t convey the Celtics get the Kings 2019 first rounder, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Multiple reports had details, David Aldridge of TNT and Wojnaowski of Yahoo Sports were the first.

For the Sixers, it gives them a potential future lineup of Fultz, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid — that could be a powerhouse in a few years. And they still have the money to bring in some veterans to go around them, and plenty of future picks to add depth.

The Celtics take a huge risk moving the No. 1 pick — if Fultz has an All-NBA level career for years this will be a blow to Boston. However, they save $1.4 million more toward the max money they need to offer Gordon Hayward (they still have a couple million to clear), or maybe Blake Griffin. Plus these picks could be part of trade packages for other stars such as Jimmy Butler, or the Celtics could just hold onto them and draft high.

Boston fans don’t love this trade right now, but in a few years they may feel differently. Sixers fans hope not.

Robin Lopez and T.J. Warren exchange contact, heated words (video)

Leave a comment

Robin Lopez whacked T.J. Warren in the head while chasing an offensive rebound. Warren didn’t like that, so he ran to the opposite end of the court and shoved Lopez to the floor. A heated confrontation ensued, though it didn’t escalate beyond yelling.

Warren received a flagrant foul, and Lopez was hit with a technical in the Suns’ 113-105 win over the Bulls.

Lakers blow 5-on-1 fastbreak (video)

1 Comment

Corey Brewer is better at finishing fastbreaks than leading them.

Nice defense by Emmanuel Mudiay, too.

But at least the Lakers won.

Did Reggie Jackson distract Jimmy Butler into missing game-tying free throw? (video)

Leave a comment

With the Timberwolves trailing the Pistons by three and 6.2 seconds left, Jimmy Butler drew a foul on a 3-pointer.

Butler made the first two free throws then, just before he got the ball for the third, Reggie Jackson interrupted to talk to Stanley Johnson, who was in rebounding position. Butler missed the free throw, and Detroit won 100-97 after an intentional foul.

Butler said Jackson didn’t affect him, but Butler’s side eye during the delay at least appeared to speak loudly.

Bulls’ Kris Dunn dunks on T.J. Warren after savvy/explosive halfcourt drive (video)

Leave a comment

Kris Dunn had a nice weekend – 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Hornets and lost to the Suns – punctuated by this dunk in Chicago’s 113-105 loss to the Suns last night.

T.J. Warren paid the price for Tyler Ulis overplaying a Robin Lopez screen Dunn cleverly never used.