Markelle Fultz Doesn't Pay Attention to Celtics, 76ers Draft Trade Rumors

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2017

Washington guard Markelle Fultz, who is out with a sore knee, has the ball passed to him before an NCAA college basketball game against Washington State in Pullman, Wash., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
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Following Saturday's workout with the Philadelphia 76ers, top 2017 NBA draft prospect Markelle Fultz is not paying attention to trade rumors leading up to Thursday's event. 

Fultz addressed the reported trade discussions going on between the 76ers and Boston Celtics on Saturday night. 

"I let God take care of it," Fultz told the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). "I wake up every morning and get ready to go to the gym. I don't really pay attention to everything that's going on. I'm truly blessed to be in this position. Whatever happens, I'm looking forward to taking my talents to wherever I go."

On Friday, ESPN's Marc Stein and Zach Lowe reported the Sixers and Celtics were engaged in "serious talks" about a deal in which Philadelphia would acquire the No. 1 overall pick. 

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski added on Saturday that trade discussions involve the 76ers' sending the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, the 2018 first-round pick they acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers and possibly a first-round pick in 2021. 

Fultz has been the presumptive No. 1 pick in this year's draft dating back to the college basketball season when he was at Washington. B/R's Jonathan Wasserman had the 19-year-old going first overall, to the Celtics, in his most recent mock draft. 

The 2017 NBA draft takes place June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.