Fultz was sixth in the nation in points per game, averaging 23.2 points a game-and the only freshmen among the top 10 NCAA Division I scorers. Now they add Fultz to a promising young core that includes Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, plus Ben Simmons, the top pick from last year who sat out all season with a foot injury.
New Orleans traded its first-round pick - 10th overall - to Sacramento in February as part of a trade to acquire Cousins.
"It's been a little insane last couple days", Duke forward Jayson Tatum said Wednesday. "I mean, you can get traded in the blink of an eye, without knowing", Fultz said.
The 2017 NBA Draft won't get interesting until the Celtics go on the clock with the third overall pick.
Teams seem to have one eye on the draft and future stars like Fultz and Lonzo Ball, while the other is firmly focused on jockeying for proven veterans.
"I need to get bigger, first and foremost", he said. He is the first player to be drafted first overall from a current Pac-12 school since Utah's Andrew Bogut was the top choice of the Milwaukee Bucks back in 2005 and is the first player to be taken No. 1 from a school that was in the Pac-12 at the time of the draft since Bill Walton went first to the Portland Trail Blazers in 1974.
"I mean, it's extremely gratifying for me to be in that top five, and we already knew that this was going to be a pretty tough draft and it was pretty loaded at the point guard position, and for me to be up there is just a blessing", Fox said.
The Boston Celtics can thank the Cleveland Cavaliers not only for eliminating them in the Eastern Conference finals, but also perhaps for making life a little more hard this offseason.
The top 10 was rounded out with two more freshmen: Dennis Smith Jr. of North Carolina State to Dallas at No. 9, and Gonzaga's Zach Collins at No. 10 with the Kings' second pick, which was later dealt to Portland for a pair of picks. "I think that's why there will be a lot of activity at this draft, because I think teams see potential to get a great player". "And I'm ready to learn from him".
Things could heat up again in the coming days before free agency starts on July 1.