The Philadelphia 76ers had no intention of buying and selling Mikal Bridges once they drafted him at No. 10 general on the 2018 NBA draft, a number of sources inform The Athletic.
The 76ers entered the draft, run by Brett Brown shortly after Bryan Colangelo resigned within the wake of a social media scandal, with Bridges and Zhaire Smith subsequent to one another on their board. Bridges was the favourite of the teaching workers whereas the group’s scouts most well-liked Smith. The group settled on Bridges as the higher choice of the 2.
When Bridges obtained a name from a member of the Philadelphia entrance workplace that he was their decide at No. 10, there was no indication he would play anyplace however the identical metropolis had performed in highschool and faculty.
The Phoenix Suns, nevertheless, hoped to make a deal for Bridges. The Suns tried to commerce up with the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 8 and the New York Knicks at No. 9, however each groups mentioned no. The 76ers did as effectively however their denial was softer. Phoenix was making an attempt to commerce up for both Bridges or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
The 76ers have been all in favour of buying an unprotected first spherical decide from the Miami Warmth that the Suns owned, which Phoenix ultimately included of their provide a couple of minute earlier than the decide at No. 16 was due.
The commerce was a uncommon one through which a draft night time deal was made on the fly.
“It doesn’t,” one league supply mentioned. “Often it’s pre-arranged; 95 % of the time it’s pre-arranged.”
Whereas Smith did not work out for the 76ers, the Miami decide ultimately allowed them to amass Tobias Harris.
“When Mikal obtained that hat and walked throughout the stage I believe he thought, and the 76ers thought, that he was going to be a Philadelphia 76er,” Ryan McDonough mentioned. “That was the plan on the time. However the plan modified.”