After losing to the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals this past season, the Philadelphia 76ers will obviously be looking to improve over the offseason. However, such improvement might not come through the NBA Draft, as the Sixers are open to the idea of trading their first-round pick, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Sixers possess the No. 28 overall pick in the draft, as well as the No. 50 overall pick.
Could the 76ers trade the No. 28 pick in Thursday's NBA draft at the Barclays Center?
A league source confirmed the team has had discussions about parting with the pick if they can get value in return. The Sixers are open to trading it for future assets or a veteran player. Trade discussions could heat up early next week, though it's not a certainty that they'll trade the pick. The Sixers also have a second-round pick (50th).
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Sixers are thinking about trading their first-round pick. Daryl Morey, the Sixers president of basketball operations, served as Houston Rockets general manager from May 2007 until October 2020. The Sixers officially hired him on Nov. 2... Morey was known for trading first-round picks with the Rockets. The Rockets' last first-rounder was Sam Dekker (No.18) in the 2015 draft.
A team source confirmed this report to CBS Sports and also added that the team's second-round pick could also be on the table. In other words, it's possible that the Sixers trade away both of their picks and don't add a player through the draft this season.
After making it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals twice in the last three years, and having center Joel Embiid finish second in MVP voting this past season, the Sixers are firmly in win-now mode. So, instead of young, unproven players that would have a tough time even cracking their rotation, the Sixers are looking for established players that could contribute to a contender now.
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2021 will be President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey's second draft with the Sixers. He shook things up in a major way and completely reshaped the Sixers on draft night last year by trading Al Horford for Danny Green and shipping Josh Richardson to Dallas in exchange for Seth Curry. He also selected Tyrese Maxey with the 21st pick in the draft, and Maxey appears to have a very bright future in the league.
Morey's second draft with the Sixers might not end up being as eventful as the first, but he's never been the type of executive to sit around idly when there are potential moves to be made. As such, the Sixers will definitely be a team to keep an eye on leading up to, and during, draft night.