Completing such a deal would put the Sixers in position to draft Washington’s Markelle Fultz to pair him in their backcourt with Ben Simmons, last year’s No. 1 overall pick who has yet to make his NBA debut.
One source close to the talks expressed confidence Friday that the deal would go through, telling Stein “they are swapping 1 and 3.”
A quartet of star guards are in play for the pick. Fultz, formerly of the the Washington Huskies, Lonzo Ball formerly of the UCLA Bruins, Josh Jackson formerly of the Kansas Jayhawks and De’Aaron Fox, formerly of the Kentucky Wildcats are each projected to be among the top picks Thursday.