3 Draft Day Trades Philadelphia 76ers Could Pull off

Zachary ArthurCorrespondent IIJune 27, 2013

Could the Sixers trade up and get somebody like Ben McLemore?
Could the Sixers trade up and get somebody like Ben McLemore?Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Philadelphia 76ers are about to take part in the 2013 NBA draft, and there are a couple of draft day trades they could end up pulling off.

Philly currently has the No. 11 pick in the first round, as well as both the No. 35 and No. 42 picks in the second round. When it comes to coming up with a good trade, possessing three picks in one draft can certainly be useful.

The next step is all about if Philadelphia can get what it wants from certain assets it already possesses.

Let's take a look at three draft day trades the Sixers could end up pulling off.


Philadelphia trades picks No. 11, No. 35, No. 42 and Evan Turner to Phoenix Suns for No. 5 pick

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This trade is definitely a handful, but it is one where both teams benefit from the deal. There isn't one player in this year's draft who will turn the Suns' organization around. Phoenix is full of weaknesses and could use more help than one player could provide. On top of multiple picks, Evan Turner's addition would provide the Suns with another young piece that has the potential to develop in a new environment.

For the Sixers, this move is dependent on who they feel like they need. If they feel like there is a can't-miss guy who will fall to No. 5, then they need to pull the trigger on a deal like this. Another reason for making this move is that there is a pretty clear difference in talent level between the top six prospects and the rest of the group. Getting the chance to take one of them might be worth parting ways with Turner.

If the Sixers want to move up in the draft, then there isn't much of a chance of them getting much higher than the fifth pick. Still though, there is a good amount of value around that spot, and Philadelphia might feel like there's a specific guy who fills a need.


Philadelphia trades picks No. 35 and No. 42 to Oklahoma City Thunder for No. 29 pick

The Thunder already have a lottery pick in this year's draft, so trading down for two second-round picks isn't going to be hard for them to do. On top of that, there is a very small difference in talent around this area of the draft.

The Sixers would look to make this move if the draft was taking place and someone high on their list was going undrafted. Some names to look out for at this point are Rudy Gobert, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Gorgui Dieng.

Giving up both of their second-round picks won't be worth much unless they are targeting a specific player who won't fall to No. 35.


Philadelphia trades No. 11 pick and Evan Turner for 2014 first-round pick

The exact team on this one is an unknown for now, but we can assume Philly would be as strategic as possible to get a team that might struggle next year to give up its 2014 first-round pick.

Philadelphia has a number of needs that it needs to address as soon as possible. That logic is one thing, but this could be a situation where being patient is best. Next year's draft class has the potential to be the best since the 2003 draft, and getting the chance to have a high selection among those players could be exactly what the Sixers need. 

There are two risks here. The first is how Philly loses out on this year's lottery selection and comes away from the 2013 draft with two second-round picks. The second risk would have to do with the team the Sixers would make the deal with. If they end up having a successful year, then next year's pick won't end up being too good.

If the Sixers aren't sold on anybody from this year's draft, then making this trade would be beneficial. To be honest, it might be worth making even if they do believe in somebody from this year's class.

That's how good the 2014 draft class could end up being.