The 76ers might not be done making trades.
Bryan Colangelo made that known a little more than an hour after trading up two spots to No. 1 in the NBA draft via a blockbuster trade with the Boston Celtics on Monday afternoon.
“I think whether we were selecting at No. 1 or staying at 3, there’s been some talk about our interest in acquiring yet another pick,” said Colangelo, the team’s president of basketball operations. “I’m not going to give up those efforts because we moved up to No. 1.
“I always feel that future assets are future assets, but when you can look at a group of talent in this particular draft and know that you have a comfort level with those players who are there, grab them while you can.”
Don’t be surprised if the Sixers deal a player on the current roster and/or perhaps package couple of second-rounders or future picks in their quest to add another first-rounder in Thursday’s draft.
On Monday, they sent some of their future assets to the Celtics. In addition to getting the third pick, Boston received a protected first-rounder from the Lakers in 2018, which the Sixers owned. The Celtics will get the pick if it falls in slots 2-5 in next summer’s NBA draft lottery.
If it doesn’t, Boston will receive either Sacramento’s or the Sixers’ first-round pick in 2019; the Celtics would take whichever is more favorable. But if either of those picks becomes the first overall, the Celtics will get the other one.
Amile Jefferson described working out for this hometown Sixers as amazing.
The Duke forward arrived in town Sunday night after a workout with the San Antonio Spurs.
“Just to be here and walk into my room and seeing that Sixers shirt,” he said Monday morning, “and just have the feeling growing up, watching guys like Allen Iverson, Aaron McKie, knowing these guys, just being able to come back and have this opportunity for the team I loved growing up was nothing short of amazing.”
Jefferson worked out in a group that included guards Frank Mason III (Kansas), Jabari Bird (California), James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana) and Marquise Moore (George Mason) and forward Derek Willis (Kentucky).
Jefferson, a McDonald’s all-American at Friends’ Central in 2012, looked good in the portion of the scrimmage the media was able to see. He ran the floor well and made heady plays in the three-on-three workout.
A post player at Duke, the 6-foot-9, 215-pounder showed he could be effective away from the basket.
“In the NBA, I’m a guy that can rebound,” he said. “I can play a lot of different positions, especially guard a lot of different positions. I think I bring grit, a leadership, being vocal.
“I’m a worker, and I think I’m a player.”
Granted five seasons of eligibility, Jefferson played in 150 college games. He averaged 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and a career-best 1.9 blocks this past season. Jefferson has worked out for 14 NBA teams.