Mailbag: Trading Up or Down

I received two similar questions that will set the agenda of this mailbag.

Should the Sixers trade the number 3 pick? To the Celtics, Kings?If they should get these picks, who should they draft there?

–Ryan

Do you think the Sixers should trade down?

–Patrick Daly

With the Celtics likely taking Markelle Fultz first and the Lakers selecting Lonzo Ball second, the Sixers choice at number three will be the first major card played on draft night. One week ago, Colangelo said that the Sixers are still considering “six or seven” prospects for the third overall pick. That kind of variability is conducive to trading down. The Sixers could trade back to the middle or the end of the top 10 and still get a player they like, all while picking up some extra assets.

The Kings, for example, are rumored to be enamored with Kentucky point guard DeAaron Fox. If true, Vlade may want to trade up to ensure that he can draft Fox. Many basketball writers around the Sixers community have proposed trading the third pick to Sacramento for the fifth pick and the tenth pick. The Kings get Fox, and the Sixers get two selections in a loaded top ten.

For the Sixers, I love this trade. If Colangelo likes at least six prospects, likely excluding Fultz, at least two of them will still be available at fifth overall. I would want Dennis Smith Jr. or Jonathan Isaac with that pick. At number ten, defensive guards like Frank Ntilikina and Donovan Mitchell will likely be available. Both would be good fits with Ben Simmons, theoretically.

Ryan also brings up the possibility of the Sixers trading up with the Celtics. In this case, I would give up just about anything to bring a core of Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, and Joel Embiid to Philadelphia. Bill Simmons proposed a trade that would give the Sixers the top pick for the third pick, Dario Saric, and the 2018 Lakers pick. That seems fair to me and I would accept that trade.

The NBA Draft is 10 days away and I will be attending! Stay tuned to Twitter and the website for coverage.

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