The Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers have allegedly held trade discussions about the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, this much we know.
How deep those discussions have ventured, nobody is really sure, though it’s clear that the Cavaliers are willing to listen to offers (as they should be) and that the Philadelphia 76ers covet the first overall pick. Only problem? Moving up.
Yes, the Sixers hold the No. 3 pick in the draft and one wouldn’t assume the price tag to leap frog a pick would be that expensive, but the Cavaliers asking price is pretty high and Tom Moore of The Intell belives the rumored offer of the No. 3 pick and Thaddeus Young simply isn’t going to get the job done.
“Would Hinkie consider swapping No. 3 and Noel for No. 1?
It might be his only real option.
Hinkie could offer No. 3 and another first-round pick this year (though acquiring one won’t be easy, given the lack of viable young assets other than Carter-Williams or Noel, who sat out the season recovering from a torn ACL) or a protected future first-rounder.”
The Sixers drafted Nerlens Noel with the sixth overall pick last season, though, many believed he could have been the top overall pick had he not suffered a knee injury late in his college season.
Regardless, offering up Young and the No. 3 pick is a pretty price to pay to move up to first, let alone paring with Noel.
It should also be noted that the Sixers already owe a future first-round pick (conditional 2015 selection) as part of a previous trade, though they’ll only have to give it up next season if they make the playoffs.