As we are just a little ways away from the NBA Draft we return to an earlier post related to the draft. At that time we wondered if the Philadelphia 76ers would want to move out of the #3 pick if Joel Embiid fell to them there. The thinking was that they wouldn’t want to pair Embiid with last year’s first round pick Nerlens Noel. That was before Embiid’s foot injury.
At that time the Cavs had little leverage, outside of the bad pairing of Embiid and Noel, to get the deal done. With the Embiid foot injury it looks like the Sixers will be stuck choosing between the injured Embiid and Dante Exum. Could the Cavs, who have been talking to the Sixers about trades for #1, make an offer they can’t refuse? Obviously the Sixers really want to move up so they can’t love their options at #3. Lets take a look at an option:
Cleveland Cavaliers trade Dion Waiters (or the #8 pick), Tristan Thompson and 3 first round picks (Their own in ’15 and ’17 and the best of the Heat and Grizzlies pick in ’15) for Joel Embiid and Take Jason Richardson‘s Contract
The Sixers can either get hometown boy Waiters or the pick the Cavs can get from Waiters, in which the Kings pick makes a ton of sense. Waiters can run the point or play off of Michael Carter Williams. The Sixers could also look to move Williams to the Lakers for the #7 pick. They would then have at least the 7th and 10th pick to add to their roster, as well as 3 first round picks to continue their rebuild over time. If they choose to go all picks they could take Julius Randle at 7, Doug McDermott at 8 and possibly Nik Stauskas at #10. That would create a very young, but very talented starting 5 of Waiters, Stauskas, McDermott, Randle and Noel. Thompson is a solid bench big along with Thaddeus Young, unless dealt to the Lakers or somewhere else for another first.
For the Cavs they can build around Kyrie Irving at the point with Wiggins playing both the 2 and 3, Anderson Varejao or Anthony Bennett at the 4 and Embiid as the long term center. Wiggins, Irving and Embiid would be a highly interesting core for any veteran wanting to come and dominate for years. Giving up 3 picks could be a lot but the Cavs plan to be competitive and at least 2 of those picks should be low and the Heat/Grizzlies pick would be the highest value. It is a big risk but Embiid’s talent, and fit with the Cavs is worth that kind of risk.
Our local Philly site said this when asked about this possible trade:
And I for one think the Cavs would make the deal. Exum could be great but Waiters already has shown some talent, Thompson is a solid 6th man and 3 first rounders easily tips the scales towards the Sixers taking the deal.
Am I crazy?