The Sixers already have a point guard in Michael Carter-Williams. Would they add another in next week’s draft?
According to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, citing sources, the Sixers are interested in drafting a point guard and have closely studied 18-year-old Australian Dante Exum and Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State.
And that’s not all.
Wojnarowski also asserts they’re interested in adding a third lottery pick between their existing two (Nos. 3 and 10).
But how do they get it?
If the Sixers are in fact interested in taking a point guard with either of their first-round picks, then would they be willing to move Carter-Williams? In May at the NBA draft combine, Exum met with the Sixers, and he said they discussed running a two-point guard system. But MCW, the defending Rookie of the Year, obviously would garner significant interest from other teams and enable them to get that third pick.
So would Thaddeus Young -- although his contract is not necessarily attractive. Young is owed $9.4 million next season and has a player option for $9.97 million the following year.
MCW or Young, packaged with any combination of the Sixers five second-round picks, could land the Sixers that third lottery selection.
What would the Sixers do with their three top 10 picks? So many options, but let's look at two:
They could take Joel Embiid with the No. 3 pick -– assuming Embiid drops because of his broken foot -- and then put the 7-foot center on the shelf next season, just as they did with Nerlens Noel this past season. Then, they could take Smart -- especially if they'd already dealt MCW -- and then a shooter (Doug McDermott, Nik Stauskas or Gary Harris?) at 10.
Or, if they pass on Embiid and take Exum at No. 3, then they could grab Julius Randle or Aaron Gordon with their second lottery pick, and then a shooter at 10.