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The 76ers Are Reportedly Trying To Make A Big NBA Draft Trade

A general view of the Philadelphia 76ers court.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 7: A general view of the Wells Fargo Center prior to Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoff between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers on May 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia 76ers made a huge leap in 2017-18. Now comes the hard part, as the franchise looks to move into the ranks of perennial contenders.

As it stands, the 76ers are in line to supplement their roster with a pair of first-round picks in Thursday's NBA Draft. Philly owns the No. 10 and No. 26 selections.

But scuttlebutt indicates the team isn't content to stand pat. The 76ers are angling to move into the first five picks, according to Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo.

Here's what Woo said in his latest NBA Mock Draft. He has the 76ers picking Villanova's Mikal Bridges at No. 10, but adds that they want to move up.

There’s been talk going around that the Sixers are trying to trade up from this spot and are targeting a player in the top five, but it’s unclear which prospect they’d view as enough of a fit with their current core. Without a top executive in place calling the shots, it would still be a bit of a surprise to see Philadelphia do anything drastic.

Woo's colleague Jake Fischer echoes his reporting, though he says Philly has been cautious with what it is willing to offer to teams.

This is an interesting story line to follow heading into Thursday. Are the 76ers targeting European playmaker Luka Doncic? Or do they want to bring in another big man to pair with Joel Embiid, someone like Mo Bamba or Jaren Jackson Jr.?

If they are set on moving up, do they bite the bullet and include Dario Saric or Robert Covington's friendly contract in a deal? All this bears watching.