Are Sixers Eyeing Michael Porter Jr.?
We are just hours away from the NBA Draft, but there are still plenty of things going on behind closed doors as teams try to reshape their franchises.
The Sixers have plenty of interesting assets, including, two first-round round picks, No. 10 and 26, plus names like Robert Covington, Dario Saric and even last years No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz.
According to Michael Scotto at The Athletic, the Sixers could still be trying to move into the top five of this years draft - their target?
Michael Porter Jr.
The Philadelphia 76ers had internal discussions about packaging the No. 10 and 26 picks, along with former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, to move into the top five, league sources told The Athletic. The target was Porter during these discussions. However, that thinking dampened with Porter’s back remaining a major question mark. If JJ Redick leaves in free agency, Fultz is the favorite to start at shooting guard.
Scotto mentions a deal that includes picks 10 and 26 with Markelle Fultz to move into the top five and take Porter, a guy Sixers analyst Marc Jackson likes a lot.
"If he is healthy, he is a future NBA scoring champion." Jackson said on The Sports Bash about Porter Jr. "He can be a super-star in this league."
"He is a franchise changing player."
Personally, I wouldn't be a fan of this deal.
As much as I think Porter can be a great player, there are injury concerns, and quite frankly, I haven't given up on Fultz at this time. Plus, I like enough guys at the No. 10 spot to stay there and take a guy like Kevin Knox, Mikal Bridges or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, rather then move two picks and a player for Porter.
Would you do this deal?