Report: 76ers Trying to move into Top 5?

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 6: Dario Saric #9 and Robert Covington #33 of the Philadelphia 76ers box out against Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics during a game on January 6, 2017 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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*Rival Celtics fan nervously sweating, AKA me nervously sweating

Players opting out of contracts when they should be opting in (see Crawford, Jamal.) The Kings on the verge of making stupid draft decisions. Philly doing Philly things. Ah yes, the NBA Offseason is in full swing. Sorry, *OffSZN.

Sports Illustrated Jake Fischer followed up on Jeremy Woo podcast which discussed draft day rumors. Apparently, the Sixers are trying to jump into the top 5 of this draft.

If this is true, I am wondering why they would be hesitant to part with RoCo. I can understand why they would want to hang on to Saric, as he is a known commodity who at only 24 years-old put up these kind of numbers. Like a jerk, I circled them for you.

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RoCo, however, is certainly tradeable. Why would a team want him? His contract actually shrinks by 6 million next year, down to 10 million total.

RoCo contract

Plus, he made an All-Defensive team this year while shooting 37% from deep. At 27 years-old, RoCo is a plus asset. Philly may come around to moving off of RoCo as he did struggle somewhat during the playoffs, especially as President Brad Stevens found ways to exploit him on D.

Perhaps Cleveland would swap the 8th pick for the 10th and Covington. They could nab a 3 & D wing to satiate LeBron and perhaps convince him to stay. It wouldn’t not be the top 5 pick Philly wants, but if MPJ slips to 8th, expect some noise. Regardless, be on the lookout for a follow up article from one of my colleagues in the near future, as they put together some possible trade scenarios. By the time this offseason is done, the Sixers could become the Sexiers.

Do you think there is a way for GM-less  Philadelphia to trade into the top 5?

@Mattesposito_

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