Thank God we are an hour away from the draft, because I’ve honestly grown extremely tired of trying to decipher whether each piece of news that comes out regarding the Sixers’ draft plans is actually true or just a smokescreen. I’ve grown tired of writing the word smokescreen.
So, you be the judge on which one this is.
Philadelphia is no longer pursuing a deal with Cleveland for the No. 1 pick, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2014
Even if they don’t trade up, it’s possible that the Cavaliers don’t take Andrew Wiggins with the first pick, and the Bucks are sitting at number two, where they could be persuaded to move out of the spot for a trade package from the Sixers.
Update 6:10 PM EST: Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal passed this along. I’m not sure if Thaddeus Young is one of the ‘garbage vets’ he is alluding to. Obviously Young isn’t garbage, but in terms of giving up on taking the number one pick, just throwing him onto the reported three, ten, and thirty-two scenario might not be enough to convince the Cavs to move the pick.
As I’ve written last few days, #Cavs not interested in other teams’ garbage vets. Trading down & taking Embiid doesn’t seem realistic either
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) June 26, 2014
Update 6:44 PM EST: SNY’s Adam Zagoria says that the Cavs are expected to take Wiggins with the number one overall pick.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 26, 2014
Sam Amick of USA Today says that the Cavs are still listening on the pick.
With less than an hour until draft begins, I’m told Cavs are still in listening mode & open to moving No. 1 pick.Unclear if anything brewing
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 26, 2014
Obviously make sure to stay tuned to Section 215 all night, because regardless of who they select and where they select him, the Sixers future will largely be shaped by what happens tonight.