Celts, 76ers Finalize Blockbuster for Top Picks – The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have officially completed a blockbuster trade that sends the No. 1 overall pick in this week’s NBA draft from Boston to Philadelphia. 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.
Pacers Talk to Cavs About P. George – After superstar Paul George informed the Pacers in no uncertain terms he plans to leave the team, Indiana began shopping George’s services this weekend, including making a phone call to the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday. George reportedly told the Pacers he will opt out of his contract in 2018 and become an unrestricted free agent. The Cavs are willing to enter into trade talks for George without any assurances he will commit to a long-term deal in Cleveland, a source familiar with the Cavs’ thinking told ESPN.