I don’t know how many times that I’ve written that name Andrew Wiggins over the last three months, but it has to be over 10,000. In the past 24 hours, I’ve written nearly 20 articles, and while I don’t have the energy to look up the exact figure, at least 10 of those articles much have at least featured Wiggins’ name. I won’t even talk about how many times I tweeted #winlessforWiggins over the last 12 months. And……then this. The Woj bomb of Woj bombs.
As it turns out, Philadelphia never made a run at Cleveland’s No. 1 overall pick, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2014
I don’t know what ‘a run’ is defined as, because I’m not sure I could believe that the Sixers didn’t call the Cavs about the number one pick. Sam Hinkie and the front-office wouldn’t have been doing their jobs not to. So I think this tweet is a bit unrealistic.
I also think that it’s possible that Sam Hinkie had no intentions of trading the number ten pick, and some people-both locally and nationally-relied on sources who they shouldn’t have to create some un-true trade rumors over the past 24 hours. That doesn’t mean Woj, Chad Ford, or Dei Lynam are bad at their jobs, I think it’s just more of a reflection of the fact that you can’t tell much about a draft unless you are actually in a team’s war-room.
As for Wiggins, I don’t think the Sixers’ reported interest in him was a smokescreen. Over the last month it might have been exaggerated (I must have wrote 30 articles in the last three weeks talking about how much the Sixers apparently loved Wiggins), but I still think if they had the number one pick, they would have taken Wiggins.
If it was a smokescreen, I don’t really know what it accomplished. They got an injured Embiid, and maybe prevented someone else from trading up for in front of them for him, but I don’t think they would have gone to these lengths just for that.
In the end, we may never know the exact truth of the Sixers’ interest in Wiggins, or how their draft plans would have been changed if Wiggins, or even a healthy Embiid, fell to the third pick. But in a lot of senses, the unknown made tonight, and the Sixers’ future, worth tuning in for.