The Philadelphia 76ers haven’t exactly been shy in regards to their courting of former Kansas product, Andrew Wiggins.
The man who many refer to as the ‘Canadian Michael Jordan’ is among the best prospects (if not the best) in the upcoming NBA Draft and the Sixers don’t want to let him slip through their grasp. Knowing that, Philadelphia is reportedly doing everything they can to draft Wiggins according to Philly.com.
“According to sources, the Sixers are trying to do whatever they can to draft him. And there’s a sense that he wants to become a Sixer.”
Only problem? The Sixers currently hold the third overall pick in the draft and it’s a question mark if Wiggins will remain on the board come their selection.
Noise in recent weeks has hinted that the Cleveland Cavaliers, owners of the first overall pick, like Wiggins’ Kansas teammate, Joel Embiid with the top selection though it’s difficult to tell if that’s legit interest or if it’s Cleveland attempting to set up smoke screens. Even if Cleveland does select Embiid, that leaves what is likely to be either Wiggins or Duke’s Jabai Parker as the second overall pick, owned by the Milwaukee Bucks.
There’s been no talk of the Sixers engaging the Bucks in any trade talks recently, though, Philadelphia has reportedly talked a deal with the Cavaliers for the No. 1 pick so it seems as if the 76ers front office seems aware that Wiggins isn’t going to be on the board come their third selection, either being picked by Cleveland or Milwaukee.
Of course, moving up isn’t going to be cheap but it might be a price worth paying if Wiggins delivers on his ability.