Feb 7, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash (10) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Lakers defeated the Sixers 112-98. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Could Lakers, 76ers swap picks for Steve Nash?

There have been several reports that indicate the 76ers are trying to trade up for the number one overall pick.

The 76ers are reportedly willing to include forward Thaddeus Young and the number three overall pick to get the top spot from the Cavaliers and use it to selected former Kansas Jayhawks’ forward Andrew Wiggins.

That, however, doesn’t seem all that likely, so the 76ers may have to look at fallback options. Chad Ford was asked about the possibility of the 76ers instead moving up from 10 to seven in exchange for taking back Steve Nash from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Michael (Philadelphia)

Hi Chad. What do you think the chances are of the Sixers moving up from 10? Wouldn’t a swap of Thad/10th pick to the Lakers for Nash’s Contract/7th pick make a lot of sense for both sides?

Chad Ford (1:34 PM)

Yes. I think this might be a good scenario for the Sixers. Allows them to add an elite power forward at 7 (one of Randle, Gordon or Vonleh should be on the board at 7) and gives the Lakers a player who can impact the game right away along with another pick. If the Sixers can’t get the Cavs to bit on Young + 10 for No. 1, then this might be a very good option for them. Ditto for the Celtics at No. 6.

Nash obviously won’t be all that productive any more (Nash put up 6.8 points, 5.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in just 15 games last season), but he could serve as a good mentor for the 2013-2014 Rookie of the Year, point guard Michael Carter Williams, center Nerlens Noel and whatever prospects the 76ers draft this year. 

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