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Ford: If anyone but Sixers trades to number one, it’s for Jabari Parker


Until Andrew Wiggins is wearing another team’s jersey, Philadelphia won’t give up hope that they didn’t tweet #winlessforwiggins for nearly a calendar year, for nothing.

Earlier this evening, Pro Basketball Draft reported that their was a ‘better than 50 percent chance’ that the Cavaliers would move the number one pick in tomorrow night’s draft. They also passed along that the Magic were the current favorite to land the pick, but the Sixers and Celtics had shown interest, as had the Jazz. According to a series of tweets, the Sixers, Magic, and Celtics all planned on moving up to take Andrew Wiggins, while the Jazz like Duke’s Jabari Parker.

ESPN’s Chad Ford says all of those teams are making calls on the number one pick, as are the Milwaukee Bucks, in an effort to make sure that they land Parker, not Wiggins. (The Sixers become the odd-team out.)

 

This adds a lot more intrigue than the Cavaliers taking Wiggins first overall, the Bucks following with Parker, and the Sixers likely taking Dante Exum. In this scenario, the Jazz, Magic or Celtics could all move up and swipe Jabari out from underneath the Bucks, leaving Wiggins on the board for the second pick. Perhaps at that point, the Bucks, who seem to favor Parker over Wiggins, would agree to move the pick to the Sixers, if they would package the third and tenth picks to move up one spot.

It is worth noting, that even though the Bucks are high on Parker, in Ford’s latest mock, he did have the Bucks taking Wiggins with the second pick, after Parker was taken by the Cavs with the first pick.

They haven’t been as high on Wiggins. However, Wiggins’ strong workouts in Santa Barbara last week and in Milwaukee this week have cemented their resolve to take Wiggins if the Cavs take Parker.

It doesn’t seem likely that the Cavs would take Parker at this point, but should they or someone else take him, Wiggins would clearly be the next selection made. I think the Bucks would be foolish not to take Wiggins, but Ford says they have ‘a strong affinity’ for Exum, and if they were able to land him and the tenth pick, maybe they pass on a selection of Wiggins.

Obviously for the Sixers to get Wiggins, a lot of ifs have to turn into reality. However, I’m not sure it is much of a reach to think that could happen.

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