A few weeks ago, it was reported that the NBA was looking into changing the NBA Draft Lottery system to prevent tanking. The proposed changes would make it more likely that a team — like the Cavaliers from this season — could jump up to a top selection. With the 76ers looking to have another season full of losing this season, this wasn’t good news for them. Sixers GM Sam Hinkie is trying to acquire as many top picks as possible, but an immediate change to the lottery system could damage the 76ers long-term future.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the 76ers are attempting to delay the lottery changes that would balance out the changes that more teams could have a high lottery pick. Windhorst said that the original draft was met with opposition by the 76ers management and that management is hoping to delay the process for at least one season. Philadelphia feels like this is a strict punishment for a team that was just playing by the rules.
The NBA may be upset that someone was finally bold enough to bottom out and draft their way to the top, since it makes it so difficult to lure high prized free agents. Long gone are the days of the 76ers overpaying for talent like Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand. Let’s hope that these lottery changes get delayed at least until after the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery.