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Duke’s Jayson Tatum worked out for the Celtics at their practice facility as the franchise continues to hone in on who it will select No. 3 following a trade with the 76ers.

  • Is Markelle Fultz worth the price for Philadelphia? Is Boston making the right move by trading down? Kevin Pelton hands out his surprising grades for the deal shaking up the NBA draft.

  • How valuable is the No. 1 pick the Celtics have agreed in principle to trade to the Sixers? Kevin Pelton breaks down how well the two teams would fare in the trade.

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    The Sixers, who are expected to select Washington guard Markelle Fultz first overall, traded the No. 3 overall pick and a future first-round pick to the Celtics.

    The future first-rounder sent to Boston will either be the Los Angeles Lakers‘ selection next year — if it falls between Nos. 2 and 5 — or a first-rounder in 2019, belonging either to Sacramento or Philadelphia. The teams announced the deal on Monday.

    “We’re thrilled to be able to select what we expect [to] be an impact player with the third pick in this year’s very talented draft class, while also adding a highly valuable future asset as we continue to build toward Banner 18,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a statement.

    It will mark the second straight year that Philadelphia selects first overall. The Sixers used the No. 1 pick last year on Ben Simmons, who missed the entire season because of a foot injury.

    76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said the trade “puts us in the enviable position of selecting first overall in consecutive draft years.”

    “History suggests that No. 1 has the greatest odds of producing franchise-level talent and we are confident that this year’s draft class has that very potential,” Colangelo said. “Thursday night will see us take another significant step toward building a successful and sustainable basketball program.”

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