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76ers take Fultz with No. 1 overall pick

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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers put The Process in the hands of Washington guard Markelle Fultz.

Fultz, the 6-foot-4 guard, was selected No. 1 overall in the NBA draft Thursday night and joined former LSU guard Ben Simmons as consecutive top picks for the Sixers.

Widely reviled and also admired, the Sixers' plan to go from worst-to-first by openly stripping the roster bare of talent to lose and gobble draft picks has resulted in Joel Embiid, Simmons and now Fultz.


Lakers grab Ball with No. 2 selection

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Lonzo Ball is staying home with the Los Angeles Lakers, and the point guard is one big part of Magic Johnson's grand plan to return them to championship contention.

The Lakers selected Ball with the second overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, eagerly accepting the potential risks and enormous rewards surrounding the sublime UCLA playmaker with an attention-grabbing father.


Bulls trade All-Star Butler to Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ever since Tom Thibodeau took over in Minnesota last summer, a reunion with Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler seemed destined to happen.

For the coach that desperately wanted a defensive-minded veteran to set the tone for a talented young roster, and for the player who only truly realized what he had in that hard-driving leader after he was gone.


Celtics pick Duke F Tatum at No. 3

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics made the first move of this year's NBA draft days before it began when they traded the No. 1 overall pick to Philadelphia to build on an already rich cache of future selections.

On draft night, they still grabbed one of the most NBA-ready players available.


Suns nab Kansas F Jackson with 4th pick

PHOENIX (AP) Josh Jackson believes the Phoenix Suns got the best player in the draft: Josh Jackson.

The Suns agree.


Kings select Kentucky PG Fox at No. 5

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings' rebuilding project is undergoing a youth movement.

The Kings filled a major void at point guard by drafting Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox with the fifth pick in the NBA draft and then traded their second lottery pick for two more first-round selections Thursday night in hopes of finding the pieces that will help end an 11-year playoff drought.


Cavs, Billups appear in holding pattern

CLEVELAND (AP) No pick. No picker.

Unable to pull off a trade or move into the first round of the NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't add any significant player Thursday or fill a major hole in their front office.


Bucks C Monroe exercises $17.8M option

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe has exercised his $17.8 million player option to stay with the team for 2017-18.

The 6-foot-11 Monroe had until Thursday night to make his decision. A Bucks official said before the NBA draft that Monroe had exercised the option.


Clifford: Howard can be dominant again

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte coach Steve Clifford is confident he can help newly acquired Hornets center Dwight Howard become a dominant force and an NBA All-Star again.

Clifford is familiar with Howard, having coached him for six seasons as an assistant in Orlando and Los Angeles.


Wizards get PG Frazier from Pelicans

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards have acquired point guard Tim Frazier from the New Orleans Pelicans for a second-round pick in the NBA draft.

Wednesday's deal gives the Pelicans the No. 52 overall selection Thursday night.

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