NBA Draft 2018: 76ers trade Mikal Bridges to Suns for Zhaire Smith, future first rounder

Mikal Bridges will not be playing for the 76ers.
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Philadelphia selected the 21-year-old Villanova forward with the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Austin Corbett Youth Jersey But the 76ers traded him to the Suns for Texas Tech guard Zhaire Smith, who was selected No. 16 overall, and a 2021 first-round pick, the NBA announced Thursday.

Suns are acquiring Mikal Bridges in a deal that will send Smith to Sixers, league source tells ESPN. Suns will send 2021 first-round pick via Miami in deal too.

Bridges won a pair of national championships with the Wildcats from 2015-1He averaged 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a redshirt junior last season.

Defensively, there are concerns. He didn’t put up good steal or block numbers, but an NBA team will hope he can translate as a competent team defender.

If the Hawks don’t Bill Melton Authentic Jersey go with a big man at No. 3 and Williams falls to them here, it’s a logical fit. The 6-10 center is often pegged for a Clint Capela-like role in the NBA. In college, he wasn’t in position to spend much time rolling to the rim, but he’s bouncy off the floor and capable of finishing lobs at the basket.

Defensively, his 7-4 wingspan makes him one of the better rim protectors in the class.

Rivers has slipped off the hot seat entering next season, and he’s lost his role as the chief personnel man, but he needs the Clippers to use the No. 12 and 13 picks in this draft wisely in order to jumpstart what he hopes will be a reloading rather than a rebuilding.

Either way, the Clippers need a big man for the long-term and depth at every position, particularly the forward spots. They’ve explored packaging the picks to move up, but no deal has materialized yet, and they’ll consider offloading a pick to move back and bring in multiple assets.

Two players of interest are potential first-rounders despite not having played a minute of college basketball — 7-1 center Mitchell Robinson and 19-year-old point guard Anfernee Simons. Robinson was enrolled at Western Kentucky, had second thoughts, left school and decided to simply enter the draft rather than transfer. He is likely a lock for the first round, potentially going anywhere from No. 17 to the Bucks on down to No. 25, where the Lakers were rumored to have made a promise to draft him.

Simons spent the last year at IMG Academy, and because it was his fifth year, he is eligible to be drafted this year. He has a shot at hitting the late first round, but he would have been wiser to spend a year in college, improve as a player, then see where he stood in 2019.