Wiggins completes stealth workout with Sixers

Andrew Wiggins is expected to be one of the first two players drafted. The Sixers have the third pick.
Andrew Wiggins is expected to be one of the first two players drafted. The Sixers have the third pick. (Getty Images)
Posted: June 19, 2014

The 76ers apologized to reporters and gave them bottled water and donuts Tuesday, but not access to prospective draft pick Andrew Wiggins.

For the second straight day, the 6-foot-8 swingman showed up at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, worked out for the team with the No. 3 pick in the June 26 draft, and left without talking to the media gathered outside the practice facility.

Just like Monday, the only glimpse of the former Kansas standout came when he exited the back of the building.

And, like Monday, campus security asked reporters and a fan to leave.

The team's predraft workouts have been closed to the media since Sam Hinkie was hired as general manager in May 2013. The belief is that keeping the participants secret will give the Sixers an edge over other teams in the draft.

"That being said, if you guys are here and happen to come upon any of the guys we are rumored to be working out, fair game," said Mike Preston, the team's public-relations director.

Wiggins, who left Kansas after his freshman year, arrived at the practice facility for a 9 a.m. workout and left at 2 p.m. in a black Chevrolet Suburban with his agent, Bill Duffy, and Sixers director of basketball administration Allen Lumpkin.

He was scheduled to meet with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday and the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. The Cavs have the first pick in the draft, and the Bucks have the second.

The Sixers are targeting Wiggins, 19, but he could be off the board when they make their first pick.

With reporters poised outside the practice gym for any news about the workout, the team apologized for a "miscommunication" on Monday.

That's when campus security asked the media and fans to leave at the Sixers' request. And a Philadelphia police officer was summoned because reporters stood on the sidewalk near a campus parking garage instead of across the street from the facility.

"There was a miscommunication with us and PCOM," said Preston, who was not at the site Monday. "Steps were taken that we regret, and it won't happen again. Obviously, the relationship we have with [the media] is paramount. I understand it, and we want to do right."

"Things shouldn't have played out the way they did yesterday," he added. "So we apologize."

Preston said Hinkie did not have anything to do with Monday's fiasco. He added that PCOM security was informed that reporters could stay on campus Tuesday.

Apparently, that was lost in translation Tuesday, though security could not get reporters to leave.

The Sixers also have the 10th pick in the draft and five second-round selections. Wiggins is expected to go first or second, but he could fall to the Sixers. The team could ensure his availability by moving up in the draft.


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