As the 2017 NBA Draft approaches, Washington Basketball Markelle Fultz’s future is no clearer. In CBSSports’s Reid Forgrave’s mock draft, Fultz lands in Indiana
The trouble with the 2017 NBA Draft is that nothing is a sure thing until it’s history. That is particularly true of the future of former Washington Basketball’s point guard Markelle Fultz. From the moment the Boston Celtics learned they had the rights to the first pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, the natural presumption is that Fultz is a future Celtic.
Not so fast per CBSSPort Reid Forgrave. What if the obvious comes true? The Boston Celtics are a win-now team, but they now have the building block for a bright future. So do they make the election to draft Fultz for a brighter tomorrow, or cash in the value of Fultz via trade for a brighter today? Most Celtics fans want the former. Most NBA pundits and analysts believe the latter.
Reid Forgrave Bizzaro Mock Draft
So what does that trade entail? Well, it’s a little more complex than many previous mocks, even those involving trading the first pick. In this scenario, the Pacers give up both small forward star Paul George and center Al Jefferson. In return, they get the first, 37th, and 53rd picks of the 2017 NBA Draft plus a 2019 first round pick via the Los Angeles Clippers.
Unfortunately this trade fails on the NBA Trade Machine. It is, after all, a Bizzaro Mock Draft. To balance “the books” to permit this trade to go through, the Celtics need to send an equivalent salary to the Pacers: say for example Jae Crowder and Al Horford. Then the two sides balance out enough for a trade to happen.