Reports: Sixers in deep trade talks to acquire No. 1 draft pick from Celtics

Reports: Sixers in deep trade talks to acquire No. 1 draft pick from Celtics

Are the Sixers primed for another No. 1 pick?

A year after drafting Ben Simmons first overall, Bryan Colangelo and company appear motivated to move up for next Thursday's top selection.

The Sixers and Celtics are in serious and deep trade talks involving Boston's No. 1 overall pick, according to reports on Friday by ESPN and The Vertical.

The Sixers are slotted at No. 3. Washington's Markelle Fultz is considered the consensus top pick and, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers are awaiting medical results on the guard, who could be on his way to Philadelphia for a meeting on Saturday considering how deep the trade discussions have gotten.

Per ESPN's Marc Stein, the deal would be a package of draft picks, including the Sixers' third overall pick, for the No. 1. According to Wojnarowski, the Sixers would have to also give up a future first-round pick, along with their current No. 3 selection. As a result, the Sixers' 2018 unprotected first-round selection (from the Lakers) is being discussed, per Wojnarowski's report.

At this point, it sounds like the completion of a deal is coming down to the Sixers' pulling the trigger (here's why they should). According to USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick, the Celtics are all in for the trade.

Fultz, a 6-foot-4, do-it-all guard, attended a Sixers game back in April and talked about the possibility of coming to Philadelphia.

"Oh, man, I can see it happening," he said then in an interview with CSNPhilly's John Clark. "I think it would be a great atmosphere, so it would be cool.

"I believe I'm going to be the No. 1 pick, I think I've put enough work in to do that.

"Anybody who knows me knows that I've been through a lot in my life and I always trust the process."

With Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons set to debut, John Wall and Bradley Beal recall their early days

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With Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons set to debut, John Wall and Bradley Beal recall their early days

The Sixers will have two No. 1 overall picks make their NBA debuts on Wednesday night in Markelle Fultz (2017) and Ben Simmons (2016). They are in for a challenge with the Wizards, one of the best teams in basketball, and with guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Wall and Beal know that challenge well. They were both top draft picks in their own right, Wall the first pick in 2010 and Beal the third pick in 2012. They can recall in specifics their first games in the NBA and how humbling they were.

"My first game, I was going against Dwight Howard. It was fun," Wall said. "There was a lot of pressure. There were a lot of people talking."

It's often said that the point guard position is as deep as it's ever been nowadays. The last three MVP awards have gone to point guards, for instance.

There were some good ones back in 2010, too.

"I remember in a five-game span I played like [Rajon] Rondo, Derrick Rose here and then I went out west and played Steve Nash, Chris Paul and Russell [Westbrook]," Wall said. "I don't think it's gotten any harder than it was back then in 2010 with those five guys. You kind of understand what those guys are about when you get to see it firsthand and play against them."

Beal vividly remembers going up against the LeBron James-led Miami Heat as a 19-year-old. It wasn't easy.

"It was the Heat when they had [Dwyane Wade] and LeBron on the same team. That's when D-Wade was electrifying. He still had his quickness. He was strong as I don't know what and I was a baby at that time," he said.

"For me, it was like I was in awe because those are the guys I grew up watching and I was a fan of. Now I'm playing against them and I can't be a fan of them. It was amazing to play against them, but also an eye-opener like, I need to get better."

Now it's Fultz and Simmons' turn to see what matching up with NBA superstars is like and don't expect Wall or Beal to take it easy on them.

"I'm a competitive person, so I'm not going to back down from any challenge," Wall said.