NBA trade rumors: Trade talks heat up for No. 1 pick
- NBA draft rumors are heating up with the Celtics in trade talks with the 76ers. Will the Lakers try to trade the No. 2 pick? Paul George says he's committed to the Pacers.
The NBA draft is less than a week away, and teams and prospects are finishing up a busy period of workouts, research and evaluation.
The rumor mill continues to buzz as usual, particularly near the top of the draft, where there are multiple scenarios in play.
The Celtics are reportedly in trade talks with the 76ers involving the No. 1 pick in the draft. The Sixers own the No. 3 pick overall.
Free agency opens July 1 when the new league year turns over and the new collective bargaining agreement comes into effect.
Here’s a look at the latest news and rumors from around the league.
• The discussions have centered on the Sixers sending the 2017 No. 3 overall pick, the 2018 Los Angeles Lakers pick and possibly the 2021 first-round pick including complicated protections. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)
• Fultz is expected to work out for the Sixers at some point during Saturday. (Mark Murphy, Boston Herald)
• The Lakers are “in love” with Fultz, and could potentially try to make a trade with the Celtics. (DraftExpress)
• Paul George says he is committed to playing for the Indiana Pacers next season. (Associated Press)
• Chris Paul has plans to talk with the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets. Paul is expected to opt of out his contract. (Los Angeles Times)
• The Celtics are reportedly considering taking Kansas guard Josh Jackson with No. 1 pick. (ESPN.com)
• Lonzo Ball may talk to other lottery teams following his second meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers. (ESPN.com)
• The Lakers are working toward finalizing a workout with Jayson Tatum this weekend. (ESPN.com)
• The Sixers announced they will work out De’Aaron Fox on Saturday.
• The Atlanta Hawks likely won't sign Paul Millsap to a supermax contract. Millsap is eligible to sign a five-year, $205 million deal. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
• The Lakers, Pistons, and Knicks are among the teams interested in former Duke guard Luke Kennard, whose stock is rising into the late lottery range. (ESPN.com)
• David Blatt turned down a long-term contract to return to coach Maccabi Tel-Aviv because he believes he still has an NBA future as a head coach. (Jerusalem Post)