The Philadelphia 76ers currently own the No. 3 and No. 10 picks in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft, but apparently that’s not enough for the greedy Sixers who are looking to acquire yet another top ten pick.
The news comes from the usually (ahem) reliable Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and suggests that Philadelphia could have interest in either Dante Exum or Marcus Smart, thus the desire to add an additional pick.
“Philadelphia has had discussions with teams about gathering an additional pick between its two current choices at No. 3 and No. 10,” stated Wojonarowski.
It isn’t exactly a secret that the Sacramento Kings are open to unloading their No. 8 selection which falls in line with what the Sixers are seeking, though the question remains, do the Sixers have what the Kings want?
Sacramento is said to be desiring a veteran presence to help expedite a return to the playoffs and unfortunately for the Kings, that’s not something the 76ers have a ton of given they’re one of the youngest teams in the league.
One name that could be of interest in forward Thaddeus Young, who may or may not have asked for a soft trade demand earlier this past season. Though, talented as he is, Young doesn’t make a ton of sense for Sacramento given their desires to retain Rudy Gay. Yes, he comes cheaper, though he’s not near the offensive talent and would seemingly only be a backup plan (though a solid one) if the Kings felt Gay was to leave in free agency.
Of course, if the Sixers were willing to simply move up from the No. 10 selection to the No. 8 selection there are some limited possibilities for a deal, though it appears as if Philadelphia is looking to acquire the additional asset – not move up.
Given all of that, barring a multi-team deal or Gay unexpectedly leaving the Kings, it doesn’t appear as if the two teams are a good match.