June 22, 2016, 9:14 am
According to philly.com writer Keith Pompey, the 76ers are reportedly hoping to acquire an additional a top-8 selection in tomorrow’s draft.
“We are not going to make a bad deal in terms of overpaying for something in that range,” team president Bryan Colangelo said. “But I believe something in a top eight or so would work for us as an organization.” The Sixers are reportedly looking for a guard (likely either Providence’s Kris Dunn or Kentucky’s Jamal Murray) to pair with presumptive No. 1 pick Ben Simmons.
Many reports have connected the Sixers to Boston at No. 3 overall, but the team has also had at least initial talks with New Orleans and Denver (who hold the No. 5 and No. 7 picks, respectively). “To get another desired player,” Pompey explains, “the Sixers are widely known to be shopping players, primarily centers Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel, to teams around the league. They are also dangling the No. 24 and No. 26 picks they own to move up.”
At this point it seems increasingly likely that one of Philly’s young big men will be sent packing before the end of the draft. The team has said to be more interested in moving Okafor, but it is difficult to determine his value after a year of injuries, defensive lapses and off the court incidents. Stay tuned.