If you didn’t know, the Philadelphia 76ers have seven (count ‘em) picks in the 2014 NBA Draft. Two lottery picks in the first-round and five second-round picks. That’s a ton of picks for one team in a draft that only has two rounds. It’s no secret to anyone that knows the Sixers recent history that some drama and trading bonanza will be occurring on the night of the NBA Draft with Sam Hinkie as the captain in the draft war room. It’s almost impossible that the 76ers will draft seven players and more impossible that the team would keep all seven draft picks.
Phil Jackson, new president of the New York Knicks, has a team with zero draft picks in the upcoming draft. Jackson is hoping that he can acquire some of the Sixers picks to help strengthen his squad (via Philly.com):
“We have a limited amount of funds that we can use,” Jackson told New York reporters Friday. “It’s been prorated now to every team. You know, teams do sell draft picks.
“We are going to approach teams and ask them if they’re willing to allow us to buy a draft pick if we feel like there’s a player we want to have at a position that comes up.”
“They can’t even put them on the roster,” Jackson said of the Sixers’ and Bucks’ total picks. “You can’t draft that many players and have them as part of your roster. So obviously something is going to go on in that situation.”
It’s interesting to hear that the Knicks are trying to open up trade communications with a team that’s in their division. With the Knicks roster as depleted as it is, I’m not even sure what New York could send to Philadelphia, even if it’s just for a second-round selection
The 76ers have Nerlens Noel, Tony Wroten, Arnett Moultrie (lol), Thaddeus Young, and Michael Carter-Williams as the only players with guaranteed deals for next season. Jason Richardson and Byron Mullens both have player options that need to be picked up by the end of June. The 76ers also have team options on James Anderson and Elliot Williams that can either be picked up by the end of June, or the Sixers can chose to let those two players walk to free agency.
Everyone else on the 76ers roster, like Henry Sims, Casper Ware, Jarvis Varnado, etc, are all on non-guaranteed contracts. Most of these players will probably be gone, as the maximum roster number is 15.
One things for sure, the night of the 2014 NBA Draft is sure to be a hell of a ride.