76ers have opportunity for active NBA Draft night
NBA.com Global on Jun 18, 2018 07:36 AM
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: NBA Deputy Commissioner, Mark Tatum awards the Philadelphia 76ers the number ten pick in the 2018 NBA Draft during the NBA Draft Lottery on May 15, 2018 at The Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
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It's a big summer for the Philadelphia 76ers, the last time in a long time in which they'll have the flexibility to add a major piece via free agency.
The summer begins with the Draft, and the action on Thursday will go well beyond the 60 picks that teams will be making. It's also a big day for trades, and Philly could very well be active. Keith Pompey of The Inquirer breaks it down:
What will the 76ers do in Thursday's NBA draft?
They could select 10th and 26th in first round and figure out what to do with four of their second-round selections at 38, 39, 56 and 60. The Sixers could opt to decide to trade both first-rounders and a roster player to move up into the Top 5 to nab Slovenia's Luka Doncic or Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. Another option would be to just trade their first-round picks to move up just a few spots to maybe seventh or eighth to increase their chance of selecting Mikal Bridges.
Or they could offer a package that includes the 10th pick, Markelle Fultz, Robert Covington or Dario Saric to San Antonio in exchange for disgruntled Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard, a top 5 player when healthy.
Expect the Sixers to do something.
They don't have enough room on their roster to take in six draft picks and add quality free agents. Right now, they have 11 players under contract for next season. That's doesn't include 2017 second-round pick Jonah Bolden, who spent last season playing overseas for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israel Premier League. The stretch-forward is expected to join the Sixers this upcoming season. That would leave just three full-time roster spots in addition to the pair of two-way contracts NBA teams are allotted.