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76ers 2018 NBA Draft Rumors: 'A Lot of Mutual Interest' with Mikal Bridges

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2018

Villanova guard Mikal Bridges (25) in action during an NCAA college basketball game against Providence, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
Laurence Kesterson/Associated Press

With draft day approaching, the Philadelphia 76ers may have zeroed in on their target.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski (h/t Sagar Trika of Blazer's Edge), there is mutual interest between Philadelphia and Villanova's Mikal Bridges.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin recently revealed on SiriusXM NBA Radio that the 76ers are interested in moving up to land a top-five player. It's not clear if they would be looking at Bridges or another if they manage to swing a deal.

In Bridges, Philadelphia could be getting a nice complementary piece to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. The 6'6", 210-pound guard averaged 17.7 points while shooting 51.4 percent from the floor last season with the Wildcats, and he shot a career-high 43.5 percent from beyond the arc.

He also averaged 5.3 rebounds per game in 2017-18 and averaged 84.5 percent from the line for his career.

Bridges helped Jay Wright and Villanova win two NCAA titles in his three seasons on campus. And Wright, via Newsday'Al Iannazzone, has nothing but praise for his former star.

"He's complete as a player and as a person. Off the court, he's really high character, he's intelligent, he's a leader. On the court he's complete as a player. He defends really well and takes pride in his defense. He's a great rebounder from the guard position, offensively and defensively. He shoots the ball well, is good in pick-and-roll and has got great basketball IQ."

Philadelphia could use a scorer like Bridges. T.J. McConnell and Dario Saric can shoot, but the team could lose two key perimeter players, J.J. Redick and Marco Belinelli, in free agency. That could place emphasis on finding a young shooter this summer.

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman ranked Bridges as the No. 7 overall prospect following the combine.

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