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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia 76ers selected Villanova’s Mikal Bridges with the 10th overall pick in the NBA Draft, only to trade him for the Phoenix Suns’ 16th overall pick Zhaire Smith, of Texas Tech, on Thursday night.
The deal involves the Suns getting Bridges as they send Smith to Sixers. The Suns will also send 2021 first round pick via Miami in deal too.
Sixers interim GM and Head Coach Brett Brown said the team is excited about the addition of Smith.
“We’re excited,” he said.” The City of Philadelphia is going to love him. He is bred for the City of Philadelphia.”
Brown added that he loves his toughness and athleticism. He also said he could be a three-and-D player who can create his own shot.
Brown said the 2021 first round pick pick they gained in the trade helps the Sixers when it comes to using assets to get an NBA-proven star.
“We are star hunting or star developing,” Brown said. “That’s how you win a championship.”
The Sixers also drafted Wichita State guard Landry Shamet with the 26th pick in the first round and they drafted German forward Isaac Bonga in the second round with their 39th overall pick.
The Sixers selected Raymond Spalding with the 56th pick but they traded his draft rights to Dallas. Instead, SMU guard Shake Milton is headed to Philly.
And with the last pick in the entire draft, the Sixers selected Kostas Antetokounmpo (60th), the younger brother of NBA phenom Giannis, better known as “The Greek Freak.” However, his draft rights now belong to the Dallas Mavericks.