End of night Wojbomb: the trade-up-for-Andrew-Wiggins rumors were bullshit.
As it turns out, Philadelphia never made a run at Cleveland’s No. 1 overall pick, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2014
Wait … what? After all that, and nothing? Well, actually, it kinda makes sense.
Dei Lynam just reported on CSN that the Sixers HAVE OFFERED 3-10-32 to Cavs for 1 #Sixerstalk
— John Gonzalez (@gonzoCSN) June 26, 2014
Seems a little much, right?
League sources: Philly making a big push — picks 3,10, 32 & NEXT yrs 1st & Thad Young for Cleveland for No. 1 and Wiggins.
— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) June 26, 2014
— Jeff McMenamin (@SixersBlog) June 26, 2014
Re: Reports that Cavs are asking for 3, 10 & 32 from Sixers for No. 1. If Sixers tanked all year for Wiggins, they have to say yes, right?
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 26, 2014
So here’s where we all went wrong. People (Hoop76, partially included) assumed that Wiggins was the Sixers’ no. 1 target, because all the reports have been indicating that. Maybe the unnamed sources were right, and that the Sixers loved Wiggins. We’ll never know. But that doesn’t mean they tanked for him exclusively. Nor does that mean they’d sell the farm for him.
The point of the tank was to get a shot at a game-changing young player that’ll provide cheap labor for the next few years, and hopefully hang around a few more after that. In Embiid, and Dario Saric, the Sixers might’ve come away with two of those. The “3 + 10 + 32 (+ Thad and/or another first rounder)” rumors seem ridiculous in hindsight, but given that this is a team that’s all about buying low, selling high, and gathering assets, they didn’t really add up in the first place.
This was fun. Three final takeaways.. 1) the Cavs (or someone) put out a ton of smoke, 2) Hinkie won’t bend, and 3) No one on draft nights knows what Hinkie is really up to. Heck, not even Woj.