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Report: Dante Exum, Marcus Smart to work out for Sixers this weekend

Jun 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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The Sixers have seven picks in next week’s NBA Draft, but the ones that are of the most interest fall at the three and 10 spots.

Andrew Wiggins is believed to be the player that Philadelphia has its sights set on, but short of trading up for the number one overall pick, there are too many scenarios in play for the Sixers to believe that he’ll be there when they’re actually on the clock.

And after hearing the news that Joel Embiid would need foot surgery that would likely sideline him 4-6 months, Philadelphia needs to re-evaluate things — so much so that they are having two players in for workouts that most had going firmly after that three pick that the Sixers currently possess.

Exum has a bit of a mysterious vibe given that he’s Australian and has only played overseas, but many believe his polished game and upside are worthy of a top-five selection.

Smart also appears to be a high lottery pick, though his ability to be that prototypical point guard has come into question — not that the Sixers need that, necessarily, with Michael Carter-Williams already in place.

What this speaks to more than anything is the fact that no one knows how the draft will shake out now that Embiid’s status has crated huge questions for teams wondering about his long-term durability. He may turn out to be just fine once he recovers, but the surgery will affect his draft stock — and since it’s unclear what Embiid’s situation will do to the top of the draft order, the Sixers are making the wise choice in bringing in as many top prospects as possible.

  1. 1historian - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    This also affects the Kevin Love situation too.

    Getting better by the day

    GO CELTS!!

  2. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Sixers should trade down and try to get Smart, Randel, with 6 or 7 pick and then pick up Harris, Gordon at 10. Under no circumstance should they draft Exum!!!

  3. loubearkane - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Jahlil Okafor will be the next great NBA big man 6’11 270 lb wide body

  4. gpatrick15 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    If they really want Wiggins, then they shouldn’t have any problems packaging 3 and 10 to move up to #1 to grab him. If they think he’ll be the star many people insist on him becoming, then that number 10 pick should do. Or the 3 and Thaddeus Young. You’ve got to pay to play. They’ll be haunted everyday if the player they really wanted (and didn’t make a move to get) went on to be everything they thought he’d be for another team. Roll the dice.

    • loubearkane - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      If you’re the Cavs 3 and 10 doesn’t really do it any more and 3 and Young really doesn’t do it.
      5 and Favors gives you Exum/Embiid at 5 and Favors

      • gpatrick15 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        Good point that I didn’t consider in the above post.

      • sumkat - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        Exum wasn’t getting past 4 before Embiid went down. Not shot here’s there at 5 after

      • loubearkane - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        I understand that but if Parker/Wiggins go 1-2
        Then Exum/Embiid/Vonleh/Smart 3-5

  5. saint1997 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Just when I thought I could pick most of this draft, Embiid had to go mess things up

  6. mungman69 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    The Sixers should trade ANYTHING that they have to to get Wiggins IF that is the guy that they want. I think that they will go with Embiid at #3 and stash him for the season.

  7. zukny1 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    a lot of GMs all season long have discussed Exum being a SG and not a PG. I’m not sure why those conversations have completely dead stopped, but Exum is a decent fall back option to Wiggins. I’m personally not against sitting back at 3 & 10 and drafting: Exum & Dario Saric or < package Thad Young and try to move up a few spots and get Gordon or Randle.

    We will still suck next year and have another chance to land a top SF or PF prospect.
    Lineup: MCW, Exum, Dario Saric, _______, N Noel.

    Note: I personally like Saric a ton at the 3 position, i'm not sure how well he would succeed at the 4 w/ his strength.

    • sumkat - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Saric is so slow, it’s quesitonable if he can cover nba 4’s. No way he can cover 3’s

  8. mungman69 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Really, this draft and the draft talk is quite interesting. All of us “experts” don’t have any real idea of what will happen. In fact, most of the GMs don’t know what will happen until they are on the clock.
    I believe, at this time, that the Cavs will take Parker and then the Bucks will take Wiggins and then all hell may break out.

  9. jlinatl - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    I don’t recall a draft in the NBA or NFL shifting so radically with only a week left. The top 3 seemed completely set (maybe a slight shift in the exact order) but now Cleveland and Philadelphia become wild cards.

    I think this helps the ratings for the draft… not that it is the most important thing… but intrigue is good especially in a deep draft.

  10. mungman69 - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Saric will HAVE to defend 4s, I agree, but his upside is his overall offense not his defense. Saric also stated that he would only play for the Celtics or the Lakers. He won’t get drafted quite that high but I believe that he will play for the team that drafts him. There’s too much money to leave on the table.
    Gonna be some draft.

    • sumkat - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      I saw him say that he didn’t want to come over unless he knew he was going to be substantial playing time (Understandable seeing that he just won the MVP in his current league, why come over to sit?), I haven’t seen where he only said he would play for any specific teams

      • zukny1 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        A lot of that is over blown. He has also reportedly said: He will come over if he goes “in the lottery”. No matter what we hear from here out, it’s a pretty much for gone conclusion that he will be playing in the states for any team.

        Originally people were saying that if he doesn’t get drafted at a certain number he may stay in Croatia for another year, but that’s pretty much even off the table at this stage.

        Note: Tony Kukoc thinks he will be better than He ever was.

  11. sumkat - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    To me, the sixers draft is even more interesting than what it was last week (although it will also probably be less profitable). Before, there was an outside shot they would try to trade up to #1, but that was a long shot. Most likely, they were taking whoever was left out of Parker/Wiggins/Embbid. Now, who knows? Do they throw in the #10 to try to move up for Wiggins or Parker? Do they try to trade back and pick up either an extra 1st, or a future 1st? Do they stay where they are, and if so, do they take Embiid and wait on him, or do they make the pick? If so, do they take Exum (Who Brown knows from coaching his father)? Smart? Vonleh? I’ve even heard some talk of Randle

    After that, you still have the same possibilities as before. Moving Young for a pick, or to trade up from 10, eating a bad contract for a pick from a team wanting to add a FA, packaging a few of those 5 2nd to get back into the 1st, etc. All this did, from a intrigue perspective, was add more drama to what they will do with the one thing that was a relative certainty last week

  12. mungman69 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Will the fans in Philly be as patient in year two if Embiid is drafted and sits out? Will the fans in Philly understand that picking Exum at #3 and trading MCW for a high lottery pick is a smart (no pun intended) move?

    • sumkat - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      I think they will get more leeway now that Embiid is hurt. If they would of drafted, for example Wiggins, I don’t think the fans would of been happy with trading MCW, who has already proven he can play at this level, even if only for one year.

      The vibe I’ve gotten in Philly the past few days, is this means the plan is going back to reset. I think the hope for most Sixers fans was they would be bad again next year, but not as bad, with 4 young starters. They would get those guys a year together, then get another lottery pick, and make a run at some FA’s, and be a playoff team in 2015-2016, and a contender after that. Knowing they are not going get that immediate elite talent at the top now, I think most have accepted that isn’t going to happen, and are willing to wait another year. This make a MCW trade more acceptable.

      Now it would still depend on who they actually got with the pick, and if it was Smart, or if they draft another PG with a different pick (like Exum), they will be compared to MCW for the rest of their career

      • oasis511 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:01 AM

        Some fans might be ticked off, but I think some fans have slightly overrated MCW based on his stat line. Personally, I don’t think MCW and Exum can co-exist successfully in the same backcourt because neither of them can shoot. Despite averaging 17 points, MCW’s offensive rating was 18th among rookies. He scored less efficiently than Ben McLemore, if you can believe that. Even with his size and athleticism, he was only a 55% finisher at the rim, which was barely better than Brandon Jennings (52.9%).

        Put those two together, and teams will just pack it in the paint and dare them to shoot. Thaddeus Young isn’t a great shooter either, and don’t forget that Tony Wroten is the backup guard and possibly an even worse shooter (21% on three’s, 64% on free throws).

        The problem with trying to trade MCW is that he is on a rookie contract and making less than $3 million a year. It’s hard to see how they can find a deal of equal value unless it’s for one of this year’s first-round picks.

  13. mungman69 - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    My grandfather can shoot better than Tony Wroten.

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