The topic of a draft day trade seems to appear as often as Elton Brand on the injured list, but unlike Brand’s consistent knack of injuring himself, a draft day trade is much more of an unexpected wonder. Now don’t get me wrong, draft day trades have been occurring at a more frequent rate in the draft’s recent history, and the Sixers have been a part of that as well (in 2007, the Sixers traded Daequan Cook for the draft rights of Jason Smith). Now that the Sixers are in control of a prized possession which can ultimately guarantee a team a future star such as Evan Turner or Derrick Favors, the possibility of trading away their pick isn’t at all a crazy idea.
Chad Ford of ESPN.com recently wrote about a possible draft day trade involving the 76ers:
“Since Turner is the consensus No. 2 pick in the draft, the Sixers want other teams trying to trade up for him (the Wolves and Pacers seem to be the hottest suitors) to believe that they’re taking him. If teams think he’s slipping, they’ll begin dealing with New Jersey instead.”
So what does this all mean? Well for starters, the Sixers have the chance to trade the 2nd overall pick to one of the teams mentioned above for a proven veteran. It’s tough to address who these teams are willing to give up in a deal, but you have to believe it would be a pretty good package if any team were to acquire the pick. Instead of trading the pick, Philly could draft Evan Turner and then trade him away to whichever team is willing to offer the right price. Either way, the Sixers would be getting a great player (whether that’s a rookie or a proven veteran is to be determined).
But Chad Ford doesn’t stop at explaining the possibility of a draft day trade:
“The Sixers are also exploring other trade possibilities. The team had Andre Iguodala on the trade block in February and may look to put him back on the market this summer. If Iguodala goes, suddenly Turner looks like a better fit in Philly.”
Hmm, doesn’t that sound familiar? After previous talks of a possibly Iguodala trade in the works this season, many believed that Philly would stick with Iggy for the next season as well after they failed to find the right offer for him. But now that the offseason is upon us, NBA teams are going to do whatever they can to better their organizations, and if any team considers the acquisition of Iguodala an upgrade, the Sixers could be willing to listen.
With all that said, the only thing we can do is sit back and pray that Philly executes the right moves this offseason, and gives us hope for a playoff run in 2010-11.