Kings and Sixers Trade: What It Means For The NBA Draft

June 17th, 2010 by Brett Dalton Leave a reply »
The weeks before the draft bring a lot of chatter from NBA front offices about what they plan to do come draft day.  Usually, you can count on this talk being accurate about as much as you can count on Charles Barkley not doing any more commercials.

So when some genuine action takes place, as in the trade that occurred today between the Sacramento Kings and the Philadelphia 76ers, you need to look for what it means about a team's genuine intentions.

The Kings traded small forward Andres Nocioni and center Spencer Hawes to the Sixers for center Samuel Dalembert.

On the surface, the deal looks like a trade off of undesirable contracts and little more.  But a closer look gives some insight about what each team is thinking in terms of who they might pick in the upcoming draft.

Before the deal, most of the experts had the Sixers taking Evan Turner and pairing him with Andre Iguadola to fill the wing positions in the starting lineup.  After the deal, the Sixers now seem very thin in the frontcourt and pretty stacked on the wing.  Drafting Turner doesn't make quite as much sense as it did at the start of the day.

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