The Boston Celtics are about to complete a deal sending the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 3 pick, the Los Angeles Lakers unprotected 2018 first round pick and a protected Sacramento Kings first round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.
But while the Sixers may have been the ones to consummate a trade for the No. 1 pick — where they’ll reportedly take Markelle Fultz — they weren’t the only team to talk to the Celtics.
According to Wojnarowski, the Lakers “had interest in pursuing a deal for No. 1 pick/Fultz,” but that the Sixers’ ability to offer three first-round picks was “too much to overcome.”
That “love” was also apparently mutual, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN:
Washington guard Markell Fultz REALLY loved Magic Johnson & the Lakers, but is good with going to Philly, a source said.
If Fultz is as transcendent of a player as many expect him to be, the Lakers not being able to get a deal done will be painful. However, as the fact that it’s one of the Lakers’ own first-rounders being sent to Boston, the team doesn’t have the spare assets right now to offer up this type of haul for one player, re-emptying their asset cupboards in the process.
Instead, the Lakers will have to choose between special players in Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson, which isn’t such a bad consolation prize.