For the past week plus we’ve heard noise suggesting that the Philadelphia 76ers, wanting to move up from the No. 3 spot in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft had inquired about a trade for the No. 1 pick, currently held by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Those reports do appear to be accurate, however, according to Fox Sports’ Sam Amico, the Sixers have yet to make a concrete offer to the Cavaliers for their top selection.
“Despite the multiple reports, the 76ers have not made a concrete offer for the first pick”, says Amico. “The Cavs, however, believe that will change between now and next Thursday.”
Of course, this report came out before news broke of potential top overall pick, Joel Embiid, suffering a foot injury though the severity of such is currently unknown. It’s unknown if Embiid’s injury will alter Philadelphia’s desires to obtain the No. 1 overall pick, though, Philadelphia is said to be coveting Andrew Wiggins and they’re fearful the Milwaukee Bucks (who own the No. 2 pick) will take the former Kansas product before they’ll be given the opportunity to do so.
Last week it was suggested that the Sixers would likely need to trade both the No. 3 pick and Nerlens Noel to get the Cleveland Cavaliers to even entertain the thought of moving their No. 1 pick, though, that seems like a pretty hefty price tag – even more so now with questions surrounding the injury of Joel Embiid.