Last Wednesday, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio passed along a nugget that either the Sixers or Bucks had contacted the Cavs about the number one pick, in an effort to gauge how much it would take to move up on draft night. While I cautioned that it was standard operating procedure to contact other teams that have selections around you to see what return you could get in a trade, it appears fairly certain that it was the Sixers that did contact the Cavs, and that they weren’t just kicking the tires about moving up.
As for #NBADraft, getting strong vibe about Andrew Wiggins potentially going No. 1. Sixers, who hold picks 3 and 10, want him badly.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) June 9, 2014
This report follows an Anthony Gargano report last Thursday that suggested that the Sixers would do ‘whatever it takes’ to get into a position to take Wiggins.
This morning, Draft Express released their latest mock draft, which saw the Sixers selecting Wiggins with the third pick, and not having to give up any extra ammo to get the player that they desire. Still, the chance that the Cavaliers or Bucks change their minds and select Wiggins might scare the Sixers enough that they end up giving up their second pick, or maybe even Nerlens Noel, to get to the number one pick and have certainty that they will end up with Wiggins.
Stay tuned this afternoon, as I examine if packaging Noel and the third pick just to move up two spots, would make sense for the Sixers.