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76ers take Fultz with No. 1 overall pick

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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have 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.

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Lakers grab Ball with No. 2 selection

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Lonzo Ball and his dad are staying home with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers selected Ball with the second overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, staking a big portion of their future on the UCLA playmaker with an attention-grabbing father.

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Bulls trade All-Star Butler to Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The long-anticipated reunion between Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau is on.

Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Chicago Bulls had traded three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler and the 16th overall pick Thursday night to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall pick. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal, first reported by the Chicago Tribune, had not been officially announced.

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Celtics pick Duke F Tatum at No. 3

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have selected forward Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

The selection comes after the Celtics traded the top pick to Philadelphia earlier in the week for the No. 3 pick, plus a first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019.

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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 small forward from Kansas who is known for his defense and plays the game with an "edge" was the Suns' choice with the fourth overall pick Thursday night.

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Kings select Kentucky PG Fox at No. 5

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings took Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox on Thursday night with the fifth pick in the NBA draft and then traded their second lottery pick for two more first-round selections.

Sacramento had a glaring need for a point guard with Darren Collison, Ty Lawson and Langston Galloway all headed to unrestricted free agency next month and general manager Vlade Divac pounced when Fox was available in hopes of finding a leader who can help end an 11-year playoff drought.

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Cavs, Billups appear in holding pattern

CLEVELAND (AP) An interesting, confusing, upsetting week for the Cavaliers hasn't settled down.

Instead of closing the gap over the past few days on the champion Golden State Warriors, Cleveland has been trying to fill a significant hole.

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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.

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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.

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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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