The Philadelphia 76ers are exploring options to move into the back end of the first round, according to multiple sources. Members of the Sixers front office reached out to several agents representing front court players on Monday afternoon, inquiring about the projected availability of multiple fringe first-round big men.
After yielding their own 2015 second round pick to the Boston Celtics, the Sixers will have to wait four selections in the second round before having an opportunity to scoop a high-upside prospect like Jerami Grant at Nos. 35 and 37. If there's a prospect Sam Hinkie is especially interested in that he feels will not be available at 35, packaging those two selections or No. 35 and and other future picks, would be the easiest way to guarantee a chance at drafting said player.
The notion that the Sixers are interested in front court players at the end of the first round or beginning of the second round certainly makes sense. While Philadelphia is positioned longterm to build around Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel down low, Brett Brown's roster lacks established rotation big men off the bench, with unproven Furkan Aldemir as the only reserve big man currently under contract.
Potential front court targets for the Sixers towards the end of the first round and early second round are Jonathan Holmes (Texas), Richaun Holmes (Bowling Green), Jordan Mickey (LSU), Rakeem Christmas (Syracuse), Jarrell Martin (LSU) and Cliff Alexander (Kansas).