That trade smoke is quickly turning into flames after two separate reports suggested that the Philadelphia 76ers intend to move the No. 28 pick. With the NBA draft less than two days away, it’s time to start bracing for the real possibility of an impact veteran coming to Philly.

The latest information comes from Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times who cited sources saying the Sixers are “more likely” to trade their first-round pick away than they were a few weeks ago. It was previously reported that Daryl Morey was working the phones hard and trying to add either extra draft capital or a veteran bench player. Remember, this year’s draft is a deep one and the Sixers did hit on Tyrese Maxey at No. 21 last year.

“I feel like we pulled that off this year,” Morey said of the Maxey pick. “That’s super rare for anyone that’s [picked] in the 20s. But I believe in our scouting staff. I believe in our coaches’ ability to develop these players and put them in good roles.”

If the Sixers are looking to trade out of the first round, then what kind of player could they net in return? It’s not going to be Bradley Beal or Damian Lillard unless the No. 28 pick is packaged with Ben Simmons and rising young players like Matisse Thybulle and Tyrese Maxey. And probably one more future pick. However, the Sixers could swap it for a veteran looking for a change of scenery.

 

Goran Dragic: The 35-year-old point guard was a fiery sparkplug off the bench in 2021 for the Miami Heat. He can penetrate and create for others while possessing a knack for knocking down timely triples. He’s basically everything the Sixers hope Maxey can be. Miami has a club option on Dragic — one valued at $19.4 million — and no first-round picks this year. It could be a perfect match.

 

Terrence Ross: Ross was the first guy off the bench for the Orlando Magic last season and set career-highs in points (15.6) and assists (2.6) per game.