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Sixers may trade to get No. 1 pick in draft

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly have inquired about trading for the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were awarded the top spot during last month's lottery. The Milwaukee Bucks are second, while the Sixers have the Nos. 3 and 10 picks in the draft, which will be held June 26.

But earlier this month, Fox Sports Ohio reported another team in the top three called the Cavaliers to measure their interest in trading the pick. The Sixers were the team interested in moving up, according to ESPN.com's mock draft that was updated Tuesday.

The report said the Sixers aren't willing to give up their third and 10thpicks in exchange for the No. 1 selection. They will, however, possibly give up a combination of the No. 3 pick and power forward Thaddeus Young, according to the report.

Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie did not immediately respond for comment regarding the reported trade talks.

Former Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins is believed to be the player the Sixers are targeting the most in the draft. ESPN.com has Wiggins sliding to the Sixers at No. 3 in its mock draft. The franchise will get an up-close look at him and another potential lottery pick, Dante Exum, soon.

Wiggins, who declared for the draft after his freshman year at Kansas, will work out for the Milwaukee Bucks in Santa Barbara, Calif., this week and with the Sixers next weekend, according to reports. Exum, a guard from Australia, is expected to work out with the franchise next week.

The Sixers' willingness to part ways with Young shouldn't come as a surprise. The 25-year-old wants to play for a contender and wasn't happy that the Sixers tanked this season.

He is slated to make about $9.1 million next season and has a player option worth a little less than $9.8 million with the Sixers for the 2015-16 campaign.

Aware that Young will turn down the player option, the Sixers could try to trade the seven-year veteran this summer. That would enable them to get something in return.

Wiggins is projected as a top-three selection, along with Kansas center Joel Embiid and Duke small forward Jabari Parker, both of whom also left college after one season.

The Orlando Magic have the fourth pick behind the Cavs, Bucks and Sixers.

Wiggins will work out for the teams slotted 1 through 3 in the draft. He will reportedly work out for the Cavs closer to the draft.

A 6-foot-8, 200-pounder, Wiggins has a 7-foot wingspan and freakish athleticism. He was the Big 12 freshman of the year and a first-team all-conference selection. The 19-year-old averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds this season.

Exum, a 6-6 guard, has scheduled workouts with Milwaukee, the Sixers and Orlando. The 18-year-old averaged 18.2 points for Australia in last summer's FIBA under-19 World Championships.

The Sixers will work out former North Carolina guard PJ. Hairston on Wednesday. Hairston spent season with the Texas Legends of the NBA Developmental League. The Sixers will work out former Providence guard Bryce Cotton on Friday.

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