The Philadelphia 76ers have made it clear they want to get their hands on former Kansas Jayhawks’ swingman Andrew Wiggins.
Just a few weeks ago, Wiggins dropping to the third-overall pick, which the 76ers own, seemed like a real possibility. It appeared as though Wiggins’ Kansas teammate, center Joel Embiid would be selected number one overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers and then the Milwaukee Bucks would use the second-overall pick on former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker.
However, since then, Embiid has undergone surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot and will likely slide down the draft boards so the 76ers have been attempting to strike a deal with the Cavaliers to land the top pick.
According to Sam Amick of The USA Torday, the 76ers aren’t pursuing a deal with the Bucks, believing the Cavaliers will select Wiggins should they keep the top-overall pick.
I’m told Philly (No. 3) isn’t pursuing deals w/ Bucks No. 2).Possibly telling w/ GM Sam Hinkie reportedly pursuing No. 1 for Wiggins w/ Cavs
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 26, 2014
Now, Embiid is definitely in play for the 76ers. As is Australian point guard Dante Exum. Of course, the obvious preference is still to move up to number one to select Wiggins.
Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game for the Jayhawks last season while shooting 44.8% from the field, 34.1% from beyond the arc and 77.5% from the free throw line. Wiggins is ranked as the top prospect in the draft by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and is projected to go number one overall.