The 76ers are open to trading the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, according to a report from ESPN.
Philadelphia would trade the pick to a team interested in drafting Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the report says.
Among the teams still active in trying to trade higher into lottery: Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland and the Clippers, league sources tell ESPN. Philadelphia’s No. 10 pick is in play, a target for teams pursing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Otherwise, he could go No. 11 to Charlotte.
It’s tough to come down too hard on a team for a draft that came less than a year before a championship. And the Pistons very well may not have won the 2004 title if they had picked Bosh instead of Milicic. They probably wouldn’t have gone after Rasheed Wallace midseason with Bosh showing strides as a rookie. But they would have been better off for the long run with the future Hall of Famer anchoring their future.
This is one of the most understandable gaffes on this list. Garnett was the first player in more than a decade to go from high school to the draft, and while anyone who watched him knew he was the most talented player in the class, there were very real questions about maturity and preparedness. Smith went from All-American at Maryland to pretty good NBA player.
The Mavericks believe they have a great shot to land DeMarcus Cousins in free agency, according to The Athletic. So, if Dallas stands pat at No. 5 it will likely pass on Texas center Mohamed Bamba if he’s on the board.
The report makes it seem more likely the team will try to move up to select Luka Doncic, possibly with the Grizzlies at No. 4 if Atlanta skips on the Slovenian star.
In addition to Cousins, The Athletic mentioned restricted free agent Clint Capela and DeAndre Jordan as potential targets for Dallas. But let’s not forget, Dallas has fresh wounds from its last run at Jordan, who would have to decline a $24.1 million player option top hit the open market.
The path for Doncic to contribute to winning basketball, meanwhile, is much clearer. If he shoots well enough to open up the remainder of his offense, he’ll have a Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Online path forward as a primary initiator. Those are the current NBA’s most valuable players because of their ability to bring value through both passing and scoring, and that’s why Phoenix should select him at No. 1.
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