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Report: 76ers ‘trying to do whatever they can to draft’ Andrew Wiggins

Jun 17, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

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Andrew Wiggins wants to play for the 76ers, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports.

And the 76ers apparently want him.

They’re looking into trading up from their No. 3 pick and bringing Wiggins to Philadelphia.

Just how far would they go to land Wiggins?

Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:

According to sources, the Sixers are trying to do whatever they can to draft him. And there’s a sense that he wants to become a Sixer.

If this is a smokescreen, it’s an elaborate one – and unlikely to help.

The most likely way is the 76ers actually covet Joel Embiid and/or Jabari Parker and are trying to convince the Cavaliers and/or Bucks to draft Wiggins so Philadelphia’s real top choice falls to No. 3. But would the Cavaliers or Bucks really alter their draft boards because the 76ers faux interest tricks them? Most likely, Cleveland and Milwaukee will make its own evaluations.

Maybe Philadelphia actually wants Dante Exum and is trying to prevent another team from trading up to draft the Australian No. 1 or No. 2. But Exum falls outside the consensus top three (Embiid, Wiggins, Parker), and that scenario requires three unlikelihoods: the 76ers wanting Exum more than a consensus top three player, another team wanting Exum more than a consensus top three player, the Cavaliers or Bucks trading down rather than drafting a consensus top three player. Those are too many stretches.

It’s becoming increasingly likely the 76ers just like Wiggins. If that’s the case, they can hope the Cavaliers and Bucks prefer Embiid and Parker, but Philadelphia better keep trying to trade up.

  1. thesixersbench - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    I still think we’ll get him at 3 if we stand pat, but clearly he has information that the normal fan doesn’t.

    Personally, I’d be thrilled with Wiggins, Parker or Embiid….but as for Hinkie….does he love Wiggins so much that he can’t afford to lose out on him? That’s the question.

    • loubearkane - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Question is do you want Embiid , he’s still raw offensively and Noel is pure D.
      Cavs are leaking the right rumor that they don’t want Embiid.

      Would you trade 3 & 10 to get Wiggins? Even if they don’t trade before picks are made I could see Cavs drafting Wiggins to put pressure to make the 3 & 10 trade happen.

      • thesixersbench - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        I would not include the 10th pick in order to move up from 3 under any circumstances.

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        If the worst the Sixers do at #3 is Parker It’s a great day….No way to you trade #10

  2. felser - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Hinkie is brilliant, and does not leak info. Remember, no one had any inkling of the Holiday/Noel trade before it happened. He is not going to blatantly telegraph his desires without being clear on what Cleveland and Milwaukee are going to do, which would set him up to be taken advantage of by those teams.

    • floreskins - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      I think it speaks volumes who the Sixers are bringing in for workouts. They’re only working out Wiggins (he’s in town for 3 days) and Exum. Think Hinkie is pretty confident his boy is going to be there, and all of Philly will rejoice.

      • percybowl - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Embiid and Parker’s agents have refused to let them work out in Philly, so it doesn’t necessarily speak volumes they only are working out Wiggins. With that said, odds are he ends up a Sixer.

    • thesixersbench - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      I agree with you – I’m fascinated – and a bit confused – by all of this Wiggins to the Sixers news. That is NOT Hinkie’s style.

      What do you think of this scenario: Sixers trade up to 1 under the pretense of drafting Wiggins…then when we get to 1, we hold Embiid for ransom? Risky, yes…but isn’t Hinkie Mr. Calculated Risk?

      Either way…I can’t wait to see how draft day pans out.

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        If he selects a player to “hold for ransom” fire him

  3. misremembered72 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    In Hinkie we trust.

  4. titansbro - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Hinkie sucks. You’ll wind up with Marcus Smart & like it.

    • thesixersbench - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      ……wut?

    • felser - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      Really now? Wound up with Noel, #3, #10, and lots of cap space, and I like it.

  5. psubeerman21 - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    If we can move up and only give up a few second rounders, then fine. Otherwise the move is to stand pat, regardless of who you like. In a deep draft, you don’t trade up. Hinkie knows this.

    • felser - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Agreed. And if Wiggins and Embiid go 1-2, you can trade down with Utah, getting Vonleh, Burks, and picks for Parker.

      • watdoiknow - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        It’s like being a fly on the wall for the “Future GMs of the NBA” club. very fascinating. I can tell you will all be GMs very soon if you just stick with it.

  6. campcouch - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Thaddeus Young and the #3 isn’t worth the advantage of guaranteed choice. Unless Cleveland would be happy with either of the top three. If Young hasn’t helped the Sixers win any more games,why would the Cavs suddenly think the #3 pick and Young would be the key to success. I’m sure they’ll stay at number one…unless Philly gives up the 10 spot as well,then that’d be a worthwhile deal.

  7. loubearkane - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    # 1 Cleveland – Andrew Wiggins
    # 2 Milwaukee – Jabari Parker
    # 3 Philadelphia – ???????????

    • psubeerman21 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Embiid, obvioiusly. Unless someone blows you away with an insane offer. Back problems or not, anyone getting comparisons to Hakeem Olajawon is ok in my book

  8. shays82clev - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    The Cavs are in a great spot, whoever wants first pick, will have to overpay and this includes a first round pick and a GOOD veteran player. Young is a solid player but Cavs have varajo and Thompson who play as well as young in the same position, not much a of a upgrade player.

    • k3ox - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      They have who and who???

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