In case you haven’t heard, the Sixers are kind of infatuated with Kansas small-forward Andrew Wiggins. SI’s Chris Mannax said that the Sixers ‘covet’ Wiggins last week. Last Friday, 94 WIP’s Anthony Gargano told his listeners the Sixers would do ‘whatever it takes’ to go get Wiggins. Fox Sports’ Sam Amico reported that the Sixers ‘badly’ wanted Wiggins yesterday. You get the point.
This afternoon, ESPN’s Chad Ford followed up on those reports (Insider only), with a few interesting points himself about what the Sixers are willing to do to go get Wiggins.
Ford says the Sixers have contacted the Cavs about the number one pick, but do have limitations on what they will trade to get the pick.
According to Ford, the Sixers “aren’t willing” to give up both the No. 3 and No. 10 picks to land the No. 1 pick but could be willing to part with a package of the No. 3 pick and Thaddeus Young.
In this year’s loaded draft, the tenth pick obviously carries more value than in a normal draft. Still, if the Sixers get to draft night and fear that concerns over the long-term health of Joel Embiid’s back could lead the Cavs to take Andrew Wiggins at the number one spot, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sixers cave and move the 10th pick as part of a package to get the number one pick. At least, it reports of their interest in Wiggins haven’t been extremely exaggerated.
As for trading Thaddeus Young, I’d be more than on board in this scenario. I like Young, but he has a player option for 2015, that he will most likely decline for a chance to join a contender. So while I’ve laughed at some trade scenarios that have him listed as a player that the Sixers just throw in on a trade, this would be a worthy package to move Yung Smoove in. It’s still hard to tell if the Cavs would agree to this trade, though.