The legend of Sam Hinkie continues to grow.

After spending years openly tanking games, the Philadelphia 76ers are ready to make their move. According to multiple reports, the Sixers have engaged in deep discussions with the Boston Celtics regarding the first overall pick.

Under the current framework, the Celtics would send the first pick to the Sixers in exchange for the third pick and a future first rounder. The Sixers would subsequently draft Washington guard Markelle Fultz.

For those keeping track, the Sixers would then start a quartet of Fultz, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Dario Saric. Both Embiid and Saric are candidates for the Rookie of the Year award, and Simmons went No. 1 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Hinkie had a plan, but the former Philadelphia executive never got the chance to see it through. Bryan Colangelo is now reaping the benefits of Hinkie’s forward-thinking. By selecting Fultz, the Sixers become must-see TV.

The move is somewhat curious from Boston’s point of view. Fultz is widely regarded as the best prospect in a loaded draft class. Even if Danny Ainge plans on keeping Isaiah Thomas for the long haul, Fultz has the ability to play off the ball and score–something which eluded the Celtics in the playoffs.

The Celtics could go one of two ways come Thursday’s festivities. Ainge could select Kansas swingman Josh Jackson and continue kicking the can down the road with future assets. There is also the possibility that the Celtics flip some of these assets for a player like Jimmy Butler or Paul George.

While Boston maintains a glut of guards, with Thomas joined by Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, and Terry Rozier, the team is no less stocked at the small forward position. Jackson would join Jae Crowder and last year’s No. 3 pick–Jaylen Brown–on the wing. Additionally, the team is expected to pursue Gordon Hayward.

Regardless of Boston’s direction, the Celtics will be adding to a loaded position. Ainge will have to make at least one trade prior to the start of the 2017-18 season. He could, of course, use this coming season as an open tryout and go all in in 2018-19.

The option are limitless for the Celtics, while the sky seems to be limitless for the Sixers.

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