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NBA notebook: Celtics, 76ers finalize deal for top pick

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June 19, 2017 at 6:37 pm.

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers made their agreed-upon trade official Monday, a deal that will see the teams swap the Nos. 1 and 3 picks in Thursday night’s NBA Draft.

The 76ers acquired the top overall pick from Boston in exchange for their No. 3 selection and a future first-round pick, according to statements released by both teams.

The Celtics and 76ers agreed on the parameters of a deal on Saturday night after Philadelphia held a workout with point guard Markelle Fultz, who will become the fourth No. 1 overall pick in franchise history by the 76ers on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of this trade, which puts us in the enviable position of selecting first overall in consecutive draft years,” Philadelphia president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said. “History suggests that No. 1 has the greatest odds of producing franchise-level talent and we are confident that this year’s draft class has that very potential. Thursday night will see us take another significant step toward building a successful and sustainable basketball program.”

–The Los Angeles Lakers, who have the No. 2 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, reportedly are working to acquire another high first-rounder as they search for players to improve their outside shooting and perimeter defense.

The Lakers have engaged at least two teams in the draft lottery as they continue their rebuilding process, league sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

Los Angeles currently holds the second and 28th picks in the first round. The Lakers have been contacted about their No. 2 pick, but it remains unlikely they would trade out of that position, according to the report.

With the No. 2 pick, the Lakers are considering UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Kansas’ Josh Jackson and Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox. Ball hosted a second workout for the Lakers on Friday.

–Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki will be one of the captains for the NBA’s Africa Game on Aug. 5.

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced that Nowitzki, who is from Germany, will be a co-captain of Team World along with Charlotte Hornets All-Star Kemba Walker.

Team Africa will be captained by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Luol Deng, a two-time NBA All-Star who is from the South Sudan, and the Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha, an 11-year NBA veteran whose father was born in South Africa.

Nowitzki is a 13-time NBA All-Star and 2011 NBA champion. Last season, he became the first international player with 30,000 career points.