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If not.. the Suns really wanted Bridges. Sixers were happy to keep him but they also really couldn't turn down the offer, which then helped get them Harris too.
"It’s a night that’s turned into one of these recrimination nights,” one person with knowledge of the trade said. “But actually, no, everyone did a good job.”
While the fallout from the trade was bizarre to watch as it played out, the deal itself was odd too. The 76ers had no intent to trade Bridges when they drafted him, according to multiple league sources.
They entered the day with Bridges and Smith next to each other on their draft board. Bridges, a lithe 6-foot-6 wing with a 7-1 wingspan and a sweet jumper, had just won two NCAA championships at Villanova; he was the favorite of the coaching staff. Smith, an athletic 6-3 guard from Texas Tech, was preferred by the team’s scouts. After their pre-draft discussions, the organization settled on Bridges as the better option of the two on its draft board.