I think there's basically zero chance Washington passes on Wall with the #1 pick, but I do see a scenario where Wall could fall to the Sixers. Explanation after the jump.
Think back to last year's draft. The Washington Wizards were shopping the #5 pick, foolishly looking to augment a broken core group of Arenas, Butler and Jamison. Enter David Kahn, who basically raped the Wiz by sending Mike Miller and Randy Foye to push them over the top, while taking back expiring contracts and the unwanted #5 pick. Stupid, stupid trade by the Wizards. Kahn took Rubio with the #5 pick, then completely screwed himself by taking Jonny Flynn at #6 and essentially convincing Rubio that he really didn't want to play the NBA right away after all.
Fast forward to the present day. Kahn is furious he dropped from #2 to #4 in the draft. He has no interest in DeMarcus Cousins. He's desperately trying to get up to #2 to take Evan Turner. The odds of Philly working a deal with the Timberwolves are slim (hopefully, they're zero, but you never know). But that doesn't mean Kahn can't get his man.
Here's the trade:
- Al Jefferson
- Ryan Gomes
- The rights to Ricky Rubio
- The #4 pick in the 2010 draft
- The #1 pick in the 2010 draft
- Gilbert Arenas
It would absolutely take a king's ransom to wrest the #1 pick from the Wizards, and this package would certainly qualify. The Wiz would get out from under Arenas' contract (and his lunacy). They'd get a big in Jefferson who some people consider very good (I am not one of those people). They'd get their PG of the future in Rubio, and they'd still have the #4 pick to fill another hole on their roster, which currently resembles Swiss cheese. Gomes is filler to make the deal work under the cap. Washington would also pick up some cap space in this deal.
Kahn gets his man, Evan Turner, at number one. He's got two more first-rounders to package for a possible move up to draft a defensive center to play alongside Kevin Love. Of course, this would mean admitting the Rubio pick was a complete waste and putting all of his eggs in the Jonny Flynn basket. At this point, I'd say that's pretty much a certainty anyway. Rubio won't be playing in Minny any time soon, if at all.
There you have it, one scenario where the Sixers could wind up with John Wall at #2.