An injury to the projected No. 1 pick Joel Embiid has changed the entire 2014 NBA Draft, starting at the top. Perhaps the most impacted, though, were the Philadelphia 76ers. And not in the good way.
The Sixers, who are drafting third overall, had their sights set on drafting Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. You know, whoever was left after Embiid went No. 1 and whoever the Bucks picked at two. That all drastically changed once Embiid’s injury was discovered, and once his prognosis of missing 4-6 months was announced.
Now, with the Cavaliers probably selecting Wiggins or Parker at the top, assuming the Bucks are taking the one that isn’t taken No. 1, the Sixers are left on the outside looking in.
But they have a plan B.
According to ESPN‘s Ryen Russillo, the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers could be talking about some sort of draft day trade. The Lakers are reportedly willing to send Steve Nash and their No. 7 overall pick in next week’s draft to Philadelphia.
In exchange, Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young would be Los Angeles bound. I would also assume that some sort of pick (maybe a second or a future pick) would come back to the Lakers. It would make much more sense.
Hearing Lakers and 76ers have been talking about dealing involving the #7 heading to Philly. Unclear what comes back to LA
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 20, 2014
More Embiid fallout. Lakers could move Nash and #7 to Philly for MCW and T Young. 76ers would take Exum at #3.
— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) June 20, 2014
We haven’t even reached NBA Draft week and the rumor mill is already beginning to cook. Still, there’s something about this trade that doesn’t quite make sense.
Are the Sixers just assuming that Dante Exum and Michael Carter-Williams can’t co-exist? Who is to say that they can’t/won’t?