Washington Huskies’ Markelle Fultz, who’s currently projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, expressed his interest in joining the New York Knicks. According to the latest NBA trade rumor, the Knicks will send Carmelo Anthony to the Boston Celtics for a trade package centered on the Brooklyn Nets’ 2017 first-round pick.
Almost all the 2017 NBA mock drafts predicted Markelle Fultz to top the upcoming draft. With the Nets having the worst regular-season record, the Celtics will have the opportunity to draft Fultz. However, it remains questionable if he will be a good fit in Boston since they already have Isaiah Thomas.
The Celtics are currently tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers as the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference. Despite not having a big move before the NBA trade deadline, they managed to prove that they’re ready to contend for the title. However, they obviously need to add at least one more superstar to have a higher chance of beating the Cavaliers or the Golden State Warriors in a best-of-7 series.
NBA Trade: Celtics should trade the No. 1 overall pick for a superstar
The presence of Isaiah Thomas makes Markelle Fultz an odd fit in Boston. As most people think, the best thing to do for the Celtics is to trade the Brooklyn Nets’ 2017 first-round pick to add another star power on their team. One of the NBA teams who could be interested in making a deal with the Celtics are the New York Knicks.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Knicks are hoping that the lottery balls will get them in the position to draft Fultz. They are currently in possession of the sixth-best lottery odds in the NBA. However, it would require them the No. 1 or the No. 2 pick to draft Fultz.
If they fail to grab a top three pick, the Knicks should consider trading to acquire Fultz. Knicks president Phil Jackson is expected to make Carmelo Anthony available again on the trade market this summer. However, Anthony is only willing to few teams, including the Cavaliers, Clippers, and the Celtics.
If the Celtics get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, they should consider trading it to acquire Anthony from the Knicks. If this trade proceeds, it will definitely help both teams in filling up their roster.
NBA Trade: Markelle Fultz wants to play for the New York Knicks
According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, Markelle Fultz attended the game between the Knicks and the Raptors to see the triangle offense and how he’d fit with the system. Fultz expressed his intention to play with the Knicks and said it will be “amazing” to have a chance to call Madison Square Garden his home venue.
“I think I could play in any system,” he said. “I’m very versatile, so it was cool to see that. It’s a lot of openings and stuff like that, so that’s why I came to see that in person.”
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