The rivalry between the Sixers and Celtics has been dormant for a while now.
But with the Sixers now boasting a budding roster full of top-level draft picks and the Celtics adding All-Star Gordon Hayward to a team that was the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, things could heat back up between the two teams in 2017-18.
Get your popcorn ready … and your passports?
According to a report Wednesday from Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, the Sixers and Celtics will face off at London's O2 Arena on Jan. 11, 2018.
“The Celtics-Philadelphia matchup will be a regular season affair — not an exhibition — and will be a 76ers home game,” Bulpett writes. “That means Philly fans will have one fewer opportunity to see Jayson Tatum and Markelle Fultz, the third and first overall picks from last month’s draft, respectively, involved in the major pre-draft trade between the clubs.”
The NBA will release its official schedule later this summer.
The Sixers-Celtics matchup would be part of the league’s Global Games initiative. Last season, the NBA held three games outside of the United States — two in Mexico City and one in London.