The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics reportedly will finalize a trade on Monday that will send the No. 1 pick — in next week’s NBA Draft — to the Sixers. And with that pick, the Sixers will take Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Sixers will send the Celtics this year’s No. 3 overall pick, as well as a first-round pick in 2018 (via the Lakers) or a first-round pick in 2019 (via the Kings). The 2018 pick has protections, so if that comes into play, the Celtics will instead get the 2019 pick.

Philadelphia-based writer Derek Bodner says that the Celtics will get the 2018 pick if it falls between 2-5 in next year’s draft, otherwise they will get the 2019 pick.

Woj adds that the Lakers were interested in moving up from the No. 2 pick to be able to draft Fultz, but couldn’t — or at least weren’t willing to — match the price. LaVar Ball would’ve certainly been quite angry about that.

So, the Sixers are going to add Fultz to a team that already has young stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Trust the process indeed.

Perhaps Embiid already knew early on Saturday that this trade would happen, and he’s certainly excited.

While the 6’10” Simmons is built like a power forward, the Sixers have been using him basically as a point guard, and there’s been talk that Fultz could even play off the ball at shooting guard with Simmons running the point.

Whatever the case, the Sixers are now loaded with young talent, and their fans finally have a reason to really be excited.

As for the Celtics, it was expected all along that they may trade this pick, given that they already have a star point guard in Isaiah Thomas.

And there is even talk that they may trade the No. 3 pick now too.

The Celtics were the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed in 2016-17, and they’re now loaded with assets going forward.

So, it will be interesting to see what the Celtics choose to do with this pick (and/or their other picks) over the next week, and Danny Ainge certainly has his organization in a terrific position.

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