The Sixers don’t have enough room on their roster to take on all six of their 2018 draft picks, let alone sign free agents this summer or bring 2017 draft-and-stash prospect Jonah Bolden over from Israel. For that reason, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer says that moves can be expected.
Pompey lists multiple scenarios in which the Sixers could shake up their payroll, either packaging first-round picks and a player to move into the top five in hopes of landing Luka Doncic or Michael Porter Jr., or simply just trading into the top seven or eight and targeting Mikal Bridges.
Of course the Sixers could also be slightly more ambitious and put together a package of their 2018 No. 10 pick, Markelle Fultz, Robert Covington or Dario Saric and look to make a play for Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.
There’s more out of the Atlantic Division today:
- After 27 years as a coach, Nick Nurse finally became the lead man on an NBA bench. Michael Grange of Sportsnet documented the man’s journey and the process that Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri went through before promoting him.
- The Celtics believe that point guard Kyrie Irving is happy in Boston, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports, despite recent speculation otherwise.
- The Knicks are adding Kaleb Canales as an assistant coach, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN writes. Canales had previously spent time with the Trail Blazers and Mavericks.