Best Potential Trade Targets for Philadelphia 76ers During 2014 NBA Draft

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2014

Best Potential Trade Targets for Philadelphia 76ers During 2014 NBA Draft

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    As discussed previously, the Philadelphia 76ers are in prime position to control the 2014 NBA draft. 

    Whether they're attempting to snag coveted talents with their two top-10 picks, parlaying a bevy of second-round selections into future prospects or wheeling and dealing with the war chest at Sam Hinkie's disposal, the Sixers have options aplenty. 

    In this specific case, we're going to explore how the Sixers can shake up the draft via a number of enticing trades, the majority of which involve the acquisition of another first-round pick. 

    The primary reason we've chosen to focus on deals for picks is due to the current stage of the franchise's rebuild. 

    Not looking to add veteran pieces or hefty salaries, the Sixers are instead seeking to get younger in order to surround Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel with the appropriate wing and frontcourt players necessary to evolve into a contender. 

     

    All salary information courtesy of ShamSports.com.

     

     

Charlotte's No. 9 Overall Pick

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    Charlotte Hornets head honcho Michael Jordan has made it clear that he'd like to add some premier talent this summer. 

    After snagging Al Jefferson and the Eastern Conference's No. 7 seed last season, the Hornets are trying to push forward by adding more veterans. 

    Which is why Jordan is looking for another superstar, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com): 

    "I always thought Charlotte was a great destination," Jordan said. "Big Al has proven that you can come here and make a big difference. Hopefully we can look at that and attract some other superstars."

    Trying to snag a superstar in free agency may be a pipe dream, and acquiring one by dangling the No. 9 overall pick figures to be a daunting task, but adding quality talent with that trade chip doesn't figure to be all that difficult. 

    And as you'll come to notice, most trades involving the Philadelphia 76ers at this stage in the game will revolve around Thaddeus Young.

    The team's only viable veteran piece with trade value, Philly.com's Keith Pompey recently noted why it would make sense for the team to part ways with the 25-year-old: "Aware that Young will turn down the player option, the Sixers could try to trade the seven-year veteran this summer. That would enable them to get something in return."

    Charlotte's power forward spot comprises a platoon of Josh McRoberts and Cody Zeller, so Young would represent a significant upgrade at the 4 spot alongside the All-NBA-caliber Jefferson. 

Cleveland's No. 1 Overall Pick

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    Andrew Wiggins chats with Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving at the NBA draft lottery.
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    Speculation has long linked Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins with the Philadelphia 76ers, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that reports have surfaced regarding the team's willingness to acquire the future franchise centerpiece at all costs. 

    According to ESPN's Chad Ford, via Philly.com's Keith Pompey, the Sixers have expressed interest in moving up to the draft's No. 1 slot with their sights set on Wiggins:

    But earlier this month, Fox Sports Ohio reported another team in the top three called the Cavaliers to measure their interest in trading the pick. The Sixers were the team interested in moving up, according to ESPN.com's mock draft that was updated Tuesday.

    The report said the Sixers aren't willing to give up their third and 10th picks in exchange for the No. 1 selection. They will, however, possibly give up a combination of the No. 3 pick and power forward Thaddeus Young, according to the report.

    After general manager Sam Hinkie stole the show at the 2013 draft by pulling the trigger on a blockbuster centered around point guard Jrue Holiday, it wouldn't be shocking to see the Sixers get creative atop the draft once again. 

    Dealing Thaddeus Young would create a hole in Philadelphia's frontcourt, but it's one that could feasibly be filled at No. 10 overall. 

    Not only that, but sending Young to Cleveland would free the Sixers from the burden of paying the versatile forward roughly $19 million over the final two years of his contract. 

     

Iman Shumpert, SG, New York Knicks

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    The Philadelphia 76ers have holes to fill at all five positions, but their most glaring area of need is on the wing. And while mock drafts far and wide are projecting the Sixers to target a shooting guard with two-way capabilities at No. 10 overall, there's a way they could focus on other positions and still add a steady presence at the 2. 

    Here's some out-of-the-box thinking for you, courtesy of Bleacher Report's Jim Cavan

    The New York Post’s Marc Berman recently reported the Knicks could look to target the Oklahoma City Thunder’s No. 21 pick in exchange for guard Iman Shumpert.

    Might the Knicks be willing to entertain a combination of Philly’s picks—perhaps Nos. 32 and 39 or Nos. 39, 47 and 52—for Shump’s services? Would Eric Maynor’s $2.1 million expiring be enough to get the Knicks to bite, especially considering their woeful lack of depth at the position?

    While it's merely speculation, it makes sense. 

    According to the New York Post's Marc Berman, Phil Jackson has even acknowledged that he's looking to acquire second-round picks, although he'd prefer to do so by purchasing one: 

    'We have limited amount of funds we can use,' Jackson said. 'Teams do sell draft picks. If teams are willing to allow us to buy a draft pick for a player we want to have at a position, we’ll do it.'

    Jackson said the Bucks and 76ers are trade targets because those teams own multiple picks in the draft that won’t fit on their rosters, but also said he won’t get into 'a bidding war.'

    With the Knicks in need of young assets and cap space, a deal centered around the flat-topped guard could help both parties in the short- and long-term. 

One of Phoenix's Three First-Round Picks

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    The Phoenix Suns are in position to shake up the 2014 NBA draft in spectacular ways if they play things right. 

    And given the way that general manager Ryan McDonough has called the shots since assuming power, there's no reason to think that he won't ace his next big test. 

    In possession of picks No. 14, 18 and 27 in the first round, the Suns have an opportunity to parlay those selections and some proven talent into the acquisition of a superstar. 

    According to Yahoo's Marc Spears, Phoenix is interested in acquiring Kevin Love, but it would take a partial dismantlement of the club's backcourt in order to bring the stretch 4 aboard. 

    Snagging Love may very well be McDonough's proximate goal entering draft season, but if he wants to keep the Suns' roster intact, dealing for the Sixers' Thaddeus Young makes much more sense. 

    A perfect fit for Jeff Hornacek's up-tempo, run-and-gun system that values positional versatility and elite athletes, Young could be an ideal fit alongside the Morris twins. 

     

     

Sacramento's No. 8 Overall Pick

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    With the Philadelphia 76ers seeking to stockpile young assets, the trend of targeting lottery picks continues. 

    And one of the most popular picks that's reportedly been made available is the Sacramento Kings' selection at No. 8 overall. 

    NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper has the details:

    The Kings put the No. 8 pick in the draft on the trade block immediately after the lottery Tuesday night, league sources told NBA.com, clearly looking to add at least one impact veteran in an attempt to push into the playoff conversation next season rather than wait for another rookie prospect to develop.

    Given the Kings' reported criteria when it comes to a return for the No. 8 overall pick, it's hard not to think that a potential Thaddeus Young swap could work pleasantly for both sides. 

    Sacramento doesn't want to settle and draft another project reminiscent of Thomas Robinson, and the Sixers want to get as young as possible. 

    In this case, perhaps the Sixers could find a way to ship Young and a combination of second-round picks (remember, they have five) in return for the No. 8 pick in order to accelerate their rebuild.