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Report: Sixers, Bulls trying to move up in draft. Isn’t everyone?

Jun 10, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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Now is the time of year when draft rumors abound, from ridiculous trade ideas (see the ‘Melo/Love to Boston rumors for example 1A) to teams throwing out smokescreens. All of which is to say, take your rumors with a grain or five of salt.

That said, the buzz from most around the league is there will be a lot of trades around the draft this year. After a quiet trade deadline a lot of teams are more willing to make moves.

That means a lot of rumors are floating around. For example, that the Philadelphia 76ers — already with the No. 3 pick — want to move up higher in the draft. The Bulls want to move up, too.

All that according to Chad Ford of ESPN in his latest mock draft ($$). (I first saw the story at CSN Philly.)

The Sixers actually have engaged the Cavs about moving to No. 1. They aren’t willing to give up both the Nos. 3 and 10 picks. But a combination of No. 3 and Thaddeus Young is a possibility. And it’s a great scenario for Wiggins, as well. Of the three top teams, his camp prefers the Sixers as the best possible fit. This could be a win-win for both.

The Bulls have been trying to move up in the draft to get an elite shooter. Their target has been Denver with an offer of the 16th and 19th pick for 11. If they get there, Gary Harris or Nik Stauskas will be the guy with them likely leaning toward Stauskas.

While you should take all that with the aforementioned salt, we should note the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting the Sixers are looking to move Thaddeus Young. They shopped him around at the deadline but didn’t get an offer they liked, so he was stuck on a tanking team. He wants out. The Sixers will move him but want some decent value back.

Still, lots of questions about these rumors.

Are the Sixers that sold on Wiggins? If so, and if they believe Cleveland will take him, then that is a good trade for them. But it only works if the Cavaliers are not as sold on Wiggins and think the guy they really want (Jarbari Parker or Joel Embiid) would fall to No. 3. Young would be a good fit for the Cavs, but he has an early termination after next season so, much like Luol Deng, the Cavaliers would have to persuade him to stay. How much are they willing to really give up for that?

The Bulls are looking everywhere for more shooting, the draft is part of that search.

  1. chicitybulls - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    The Bulls can get what they want at 16 and 19 or if they bring over Mirotic or bring in Melo. They have holes to fill, particularly if they amnesty Boozer as expected. They have lots of options and I suppose trading those two picks are one but I dont see them doing that.

  2. bknowledge - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Thaddeus Young is an under-sized (6’8) power forward (without much range on his shot) that averaged 6 rebounds in 34 minutes/game last year. He makes almost 9 million a year. He’s a solid bench rotation guy on a good team.

  3. udkidd - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Trade Thaddeus Young and a few 2nd rounders to move up to 1. I know it’s a stretch but then the Cavs can pick the best available between the next three. If you don’t think Kyrie is staying then you could get Exum at 3. Kyrie is out unless this team wins next year. Wiggins won’t be ready then. Parker might be the best choice for the Cavs.

    • beavertonsteve - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      …or they can tell the Cavs to give them the pick for free, probably just as effective.

  4. areyesrn - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Hinkie is DAT dude!!

  5. sumkat - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    I’m sure they will TRY to trade up to #3. Not sure they will get a bite on that though.

    But don’t overlook Philly, if they don’t move up from 3, either moving up a few spots from 10, or finding a way to pick up a 3rd 1st round pick later on. They have a bunch of 2’s to move to teams that dont want to give out a first round contract (2 of them very early in the round), and they have a ton of cap space to eat a bad contract or two from a team trying to clear cap space to make a run at a FA

  6. vegasdestroyer - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Philly should sit tight – Wiggins will be there at three. Sixers should pick Rodney Hood at 10 and package Thad with their second rounders to get Kevin Love.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:15 AM



  7. rehabguy - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Didn’t the Bulls just pick up JIMMER…(shooting issues solved).

  8. seasickcecil - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Just hang up the phone David Griffen.

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