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The Boston Celtics have the first pick in next week’s NBA Draft, and it’s been widely assumed that they would draft Markelle Fultz out of Washington.
He’s considered perhaps the draft’s best individual talent, and he’s usually pick No. 1 on any hypothetical draft board you’ll find. But on Friday, basketball scooper-in-chief Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Celtics were in serious talks with the Sixers about switching positions in the draft.
Later Friday evening, the Celtics tweeted out this curious photo:
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) June 16, 2017
Here, the Celtics invite fans of the franchise to start getting excited for the upcoming draft. But noticeably missing from the players pictured is the one player everyone expected the Celtics to be taking: Fultz.
The players featured in the photo are all talented, and more importantly, all conceivably available with the third overall pick in the draft, which the Celtics would presumably receive from Philadelphia if the deal were to go down.
Fans of the Celtics were displeased, to say the least.
Where tf is Markelle Fultz?
— Pau Ferrer (@pauferrert) June 16, 2017
This means NO FULTZ LMFAO
— ٠ (@Bettszn) June 16, 2017
Pick Fultz, we want Fultz!!!!!!!! , ????????????
— René Thrash (@Rene_Thrash) June 16, 2017
Meanwhile, Sixers fans who have been “trusting the process” for longer than they can remember were slightly overwhelmed.
????Sixers in deep talks with Boston to trade for #1 pick???? pic.twitter.com/zwidhp4xKG
— Did the Sixers Win? (@DidTheSixersWin) June 16, 2017
FULTZ LATEST FOLLOW DOE ???????????? pic.twitter.com/knoA3Vkbyz
— Sixers Nation (@PHLSixersNation) June 16, 2017