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2018 NBA Draft: Suns Trade Zhaire Smith to Sixers for Mikal Bridges

Phoenix moves for a second lottery pick, giving up a potentially-valuable future selection in the process.

NCAA Basketball: Final Four Championship Game-Michigan vs Villanova Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns drafted DeAndre Ayton first overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, but as it turned out, they weren’t finished with the lottery. Phoenix also owned the 16th pick, which they traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for 10th overall pick Mikal Bridges. Philadelphia also receives Zhaire Smith and the Miami Heat’s 2021 first-round pick in the deal.

The NBA has announced that the current “one and done” draft rule may end in 2021, creating a “super draft” containing the best of two high school classes.

Bridges, a 6’7 swingman, scored 17.7 ppg, driving Villanova to an NCAA Championship. 6’5 guard Smith averaged 11.3 for Texas Tech this year.


Apparently this was a close call.

And it could be great for the Sixers.