2014 NBA Draft Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Philadelphia 76ers

Zachary ArthurCorrespondent IIJune 19, 2014

Andrew Wiggins is Philadelphia's main target.
Andrew Wiggins is Philadelphia's main target.Jennifer Pottheiser/Getty Images

The 2014 NBA draft is quickly approaching, and rumors surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers are arriving even quicker.

There isn't another team with as much buzz going into the big night, and it's largely because of the sheer number of Philly's picks.

Having seven selections in one draft is absolutely ridiculous. If you want to look at it from a mathematics standpoint, then the Sixers hold 11.6 percent of the NBA draft's picks. Remember, there are 30 organizations in the league.

If June 26 was a casino, then people need to look out for the City of Brotherly Love because it currently has nearly all of the cards.

The next step is to find out how the Sixers end up playing them.

The answer is impossible to know until the big night, but there's no harm in looking at some of the latest buzz surrounding the Sixers and what they'll do come draft time.


Philadelphia might feel like they need Wiggins.
Philadelphia might feel like they need Wiggins.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Andrew Wiggins or Bust

When it comes to the super-hyped Andrew Wiggins, The Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey reported on what Philadelphia might be thinking:

One thing is certain: The 76ers are entertaining the player they're targeting in the NBA draft for a couple of days. ...

According to sources, the Sixers are trying to do whatever they can to draft him. And there's a sense that he wants to become a Sixer.

Wiggins fills a clear hole in Philly's roster. He's a long wing with good offensive instincts, athleticism that makes you question what you actually saw and the ability to be a defensive stopper from day one. The only thing easier than liking what he currently is, is falling in love with what he could one day be.

The truth here is that Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker are definitely still in play at No. 3, though. This is especially true when you consider the fact that there are two teams drafting before the Sixers.

Is Wiggins the ideal candidate? Without a doubt.

Will he be there at No. 3? It remains to be seen.


Cleveland's owner Dan Gilbert seems to have the No. 1 pick on lockdown.
Cleveland's owner Dan Gilbert seems to have the No. 1 pick on lockdown.Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images

Philadelphia Trading Up to No. 1

Every Sixers fan accepted the fact that the ping-pong balls didn't fall in a way that favored Philly on lottery night. Getting the third pick is certainly better than the fifth—the worst they could receive—but there are still two teams who select before Philadelphia.

To be blunt, Philadelphia didn't throw away the 2013-14 season for the third selection. ESPN's Chad Ford (subscription required) discussed trade talks between the Sixers and Cleveland Cavaliers for the No. 1 pick, and such talks make sense based on that logic.

The issue with a trade comes from Philadelphia's offer.

The Cavs aren't stupid. They know the Sixers have picks at No. 3 and No. 10, and they are using that fact to their advantage. The best situation for Cleveland would be to get both of Philly's first-rounders and Thaddeus Young. We run into a conflict because there isn't any way that Philadelphia gives up both lottery selections.

An idea that hasn't been discussed would be to trade Young, No. 10 and four second-round picks. Cleveland already has a pretty good team and just needs pieces to round them out. Five picks and a player like Young could be ideal for the Cavaliers. Especially in a draft as deep as this one.


The Rookie of the Year award isn't preventing Carter-Williams from being involved in trade talks.
The Rookie of the Year award isn't preventing Carter-Williams from being involved in trade talks.Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images

Michael Carter-Williams Being Traded

The 2014 Rookie of the Year could potentially get moved and begin his second season on his second NBA team.

That man is of course Michael Carter-Williams.

Chad Ford teamed up with ESPN's Kevin Pelton to write a piece (subscription required) discussing a number of prospects involved in the draft. The two were discussing Dante Exum, and Ford brought up how he'd fit in with the Sixers:

The Philadelphia 76ers are Exum fans as well, and if Wiggins is off the board, Exum will be in the mix. They think Exum and Carter-Williams could play together in the backcourt, although it would not be a very good shooting tandem. I think the more obvious fit comes if they trade Carter-Williams, an idea I'm told they have bounced around.

If you missed the key words, then definitely reread the last sentence because it could be a game-changer.

Carter-Williams had an exceptional rookie year. He was significantly more versatile than anyone expected, and he did a great job of justifying the 2013 rookie class as more than laughable. His play on the court would lead nearly anybody to believe that he is a crucial building block in Philadelphia's future.

We have to remember that Sam Hinkie is at the helm, though.

Hinkie has a way of making what seem like dumb decisions turn into amazing ones. He did it last season by trading Jrue Holiday, and he might take the plunge again by moving Carter-Williams.