Philadelphia and Boston have agreed in principle on a trade where the
Once the trade goes through, Philadelphia will own the
Fultz — donning a Philadelphia cap as he arrived at the team's practice facility — visited the 76ers in a hastily arranged get-to-know-you session, with the workout and meeting with team officials on his itinerary. That visit was essentially the final hurdle to clear before Boston and Philadelphia could decide to actually consummate the trade.
"I don't really pay attention to everything that's going on," Fultz said. "I'm truly blessed to be in this position. Whatever happens, I'm looking forward to taking my talents to wherever I go."
Barring any other changes before Thursday, the first four spots in this year's draft order would mirror the first four from last year: Philadelphia at No. 1, the Lakers at No. 2, Boston at No. 3 and Phoenix at No. 4.
Fultz's rise to stardom has been rapid. In 2014, he was playing junior varsity basketball in high school. Barely three years later, he's almost certainly going to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft — and if he gets to start his pro career by calling Philadelphia his new home, he'll be living roughly a 2 1/2-hour drive from his hometown of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
"It would be pretty cool. Just being with a young team," Fultz said. "The upside of it would be crazy. I'm close to home, so a lot of my family can come out and just show love. This city has great fans."
The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games during his lone college season at
Over the past 10 seasons, only two other freshmen had a better scoring average in college:
Durant and Beasley were both No. 2 draft picks.
Fultz is apparently going to get taken one spot better.
"I'll do whatever it takes to help any team I go to win," Fultz said.
Philadelphia had the No. 1 draft spot three previous times, taking
The 76ers have a top-three pick for the fourth straight year: No. 3
Philadelphia went 28-54 this past season, after winning 19, 18 and 10 games respectively in the previous three seasons.
Last season's improved win total came with Okafor (50), Embiid (31) and Simmons (0) combining for 81 appearances, as Philadelphia's trend of being snakebitten by injuries continued. Embiid and
Embiid posted a photo on Saturday of him and Saric standing in front of a locker — already bearing Fultz's name.
"Embiid, he and I have been talking before when I was in college," Fultz said. "He's a cool guy. He's giving me tips and pointers and he's pretty funny, so when I saw that it was pretty cool and pretty funny. I'm pretty happy that the players here want me to come here."