2010 NBA Draft: Sixers Laying Groundwork for Derrick Favors

June 18th, 2010 by Elliott Pohnl Leave a reply »
Lost amidst the flurry of excitement surrounding Game 7 of the NBA Finals Thursday, the Philadelphia 76ers quietly made a move that could shape the framework of next week’s NBA Draft.

The Sixers dealt disgruntled center Samuel Dalembert to the Kings in exchange for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes.

The deal was more than just an attempt to ship an unhappy player to a basketball wilderness.  It provided foreshadowing that the Sixers are thinking big, and possibly looking at selecting Derrick Favors over Evan Turner.

A glance at Philadelphia’s roster reveals an abundance of bad contracts and athletic perimeter players.  The team only has three true post players on the roster heading into next season.

The Sixers were apparently listening to offers to swap first-round picks, including one from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Any potential deal would have included Elton Brand, who has $51 million dollars remaining on what is now the worst contract in the NBA thanks to Brian Cardinal’s impending free agency.

Thanks, but no thanks.

After failing to move Brand, Dalembert was the next best option. He requested a t ...

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