The NBA Draft is set to get underway this evening on ESPN and teams are already jockeying to move up in order to select the player that best fits their organizational needs. The Philadelphia 76ers have been linked closely to Zhaire Smith, Kevin Knox and Mikal Bridges, but according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic, the organization was internally discussing the possibility of putting together a package to move up and draft 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.
Although Porter's game fits what the Sixers are looking for, his injury history makes him a risky choice, especially if it means trading two picks and Markelle Fultz to get him in tonight's draft. Porter had to cancel pre-draft workouts due to a lingering hip injury and re-occurrence of back spasms, but told ESPN that he's feeling great leading up to the draft.
Porter missed most of his only season at the University of Missouri after undergoing surgery on his back in November. Porter went on to tell ESPN that his back is no issue and that MRI's have been clean since surgery.