While the Philadelphia 76ers have been mentioned repeatedly as landing spots as big names such as LeBron James and Paul George for months, and with Kawhi Leonard reportedly also now on the market, don’t discount the team making a move in the upcoming draft.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffiin appeared on Sirius XM NBA Radio’s draft special and revealed the 76ers are attempting to move up in the draft to secure a high-level player.
“Philly is very much looking to move up to get somebody they think will go in the top 5,” Griffin, whose name has been mentioned as a possible replacement for the departed Bryan Colangelo, said.
Head coach Brett Brown has been running the basketball operations for Philadelphia since Colangelo’s exit, with the Sixers owning the 10th and 26th picks in the first round of Thursday’s draft and the 38th, 39th, 56th and 60th choices in the second round.
The 76ers, who sport young stars in center Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons at the top of their roster, could include younger players on relatively cheap deals such as Dario Saric and Markelle Fultz and veteran Robert Covington in potential swaps.
Phialdelpia’s roster does not have room for the six draft choices it owns in this draft, so expect some types of moves to be made.