Alas, it is finally Thursday, June 26th. The long-awaited day in an NBA fans life, at least for the teams that did not make the playoffs the previous year. The teams have had the past few months to do as much research as possibly needed and today is the day they make their mark. Quite frankly, the mock drafts and bold predictions mean nothing tonight because this is the real deal. In one of the most anticipated drafts in recent history, teams seem to be unsettled at what to do or who to take. Oh yeah, it doesn’t look like the 76ers are looking to trade up for Andrew Wiggins anymore either.
Philadelphia is no longer pursuing a deal with Cleveland for the No. 1 pick, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2014
The Sixers are right in the thick of the pack when it comes to trade rumors and speculations at surprise picks. Even at this hour the fan base feverishly awaits the moment when Adam Silver announces the newest player to the organization. The Sixers have pulled out all the stops to get the leagues attention. From making a financial move to get an updated practice facility, or all the way back at the trade deadline where they acquired multiple second-round picks for useless players.
One thing is for sure, when it comes to Sam Hinkie, expect the unexpected. Things may not always be as they seem when he is at the helm. Not to say every star player we have is expendable but, if the right deal comes across the table you can’t be surprised if the Sixers make a bold move to send a ripple effect across the league. When it comes to drafting players, it’s always a crap shoot. No player is guaranteed success and Philly will be taking a gamble, hoping to acquire a cornerstone player and not just another face in the team photo.
At the end of this night some of us may be happy, while others may be looking forward to football season. Sam Hinkie will do whats best for the franchise long-term. So far that includes drafting Nerlens Noel, drafting ROTY Michael Carter-Williams and clearing almost 50 million dollars in cap space. Yes all that in just over a years time. The time is now and all we can do from this point on is sit back and watch because if the NBA Draft was crazy last year, the sequel will be a blockbuster!