Sixers Add Second Rounder From New Orleans In First Deal Of Draft Day

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The draft isn’t until tonight, but the excitement has already begun for the Sixers after the team acquired the 53rd draft from the Pelicans.

All the Sixers had to give up to acquire the draft pick from the New Orleans Pelicans were $2 million in cash considerations. The Pelicans have made a clear effort to clear up as much cap space as possible, so the move is no surprise on their part. Likewise, for the Sixers, acquiring an additional pick in tonight’s draft gives the team optionality going forward.

The team has a proven track record of making solid picks in the second round, especially last year when Daryl Morey drafted Isaiah Joe and Paul Reed. Tonight’s draft looks deep once again, and the Sixers could find a solid role player even with the 53rd pick.

Names like Luka Garza, Charles Bassey, Isaiah Livers, and more could be available, and each (or whomever they draft) has the chance to make a solid addition to the team. The Sixers may be in need of more young talent, which is surprising considering their roster is chock full of it.

The reason being that the Sixers have been involved in constant trade rumors, many of which have involved Maxey, Thybulle, and Shake Milton, and while they haven’t been mentioned, Isaiah Joe or Paul Reed could also find new homes tonight. If that is the case, the Sixers will need to replenish the young talent on the roster, and two picks in the second round will certainly help.

Another option for the Sixers would be to package their two second-round picks in an attempt to move up around the early 40s or, hopefully, late 30s. By doing so, the team could find some possible fringe first-round talent. Players like BJ Boston, Day’Ron Sharpe, or Greg Brown could be available in that range and could provide even more of a boost to the Sixers now or in the future.

It’s not an earth-shattering move, but the acquisition of another second-round pick could come into play tonight. Whether the Sixers select at 53 or if they decide to package that pick, say with the 50th pick, to move up in the second round. Either way, the final round of the NBA draft will be an exciting one for 76ers fans.