INSIDE THE SIXERS MOVES TO BE NO. 1 AND DRAFT WIGGINS

A proposed trade of Thad Young (photo above) and the No. 3 pick to Cleveland makes sense

By Michael McCarthy

All the media world is abuzz with talk about the Sixers, and for a change it’s all good.

ESPN.com reports that the Sixers have approached the Cleveland Cavaliers about a potential trade for the No. 1 pick. The Sixers reportedly are keen on Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins:

“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 Thad 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.”

The only way this makes sense is if the Cavs’ possibility of trading the No. 1 pick for Kevin Love is dead and the Cavaliers have decided on someone they feel will be available at No. 3. Now, ESPN reports in the same mock draft that the Bucks have pretty much decided on Jabari Parker. So if that’s the case, then Joel Embiid, who would likely be their No. 1 pick anyway, could still be there. And if they can get their No. 1 guy at No. 3 and pick up Thaddeus Young to play combo 3/4, then all the better.

Wiggins certainly does make the most sense for the Sixers. They need a scorer next to Michael Carter-Williams and while Wiggins’ shot is a work in progress, there’s the potential for it to develop, and that team would be holy hell in transition.

You have to wonder, with the Sixers having two top-10 picks, the Cavs wanting Kevin Love, and the Wolves wanting multiple picks, if there’s something to be worked out in a scenario to get the No. 1 to Philly, both Philly picks to Minnesota, and Love and Thaddeus Young to Cleveland. The issue likely comes in getting the Sixers a valuable enough future asset in return. Would Dion Waiters or Tristan Thompson help that along, along with a protected first-rounder?

This is just one scenario that shows you how fluid the top ten of this draft is.

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