Prior to the Aaron Afflalo deal being completed, ESPN’s Chad Ford tweeted this, with the most important news, as far as we are concerned, coming in the last sentence.
Magic would take Jabari at 1 I’m told. But deal isn’t done. Cavs were just gauging value of 4th & 12th pick. Sixers also upping offer for 1
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 26, 2014
Since this tweet the Ford has passed along that he thinks moving Afflalo likely killed the Magic’s chances of moving up for the number on slot. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Sixers will trade up, but it leaves the door open for it to happen.
If they stay at the third spot, experts appear to be torn on who the Sixers will select.
- Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, who did say that he doesn’t believe that Dante Exum will pan out in the NBA, has the Sixers taking Joel Embiid at the third spot, saying that while he is the biggest health risk of the draft, he could turn out to be the biggest reward. [Read Amico's full two-round mock here]
- SI’s Chris Mannix believes that Embiid will get ‘strong consideration’ at the third spot, but that the Sixers will ultimately settle for a pairing of Exum and Michael Carter-Williams, which could ‘create havoc’ off the dribble. [Here is SI's full mock]
- Draft Express, which has become a go-to website for NBA Draft coverage, has the Sixers taking Embiid at three, despite the fact that he isn’t even a week removed from surgery on a stress fracture in his foot. [Check out the full Draft Express mock here]
- ESPN’s Chad Ford sides with Mannix(you can read his full mock here), but suggests that the Sixers might not be seriously interested in Embiid.
“There have been rumblings that the Sixers are seriously considering drafting Joel Embiid there. However, from what I can gather, this is likely a smoke screen to entice the Cavs to deal with them. Everyone believes that if the Cavs move down in the draft, it will be to land Embiid. While the Sixers like him, I think they’re reluctant to commit to that timetable.”
Whether or not Embiid is a smokescreen, the fact that neither Mannix or Ford, the two I trust the most, have the Sixers actually pulling the trigger on Embiid, is telling. For the sake of #winlessforWiggins, let’s hope Ford’s scenario is the one that unfolds.