NBA Trade Rumors — The All-Star weekend might be distracting NBA fans for a couple of days, but the trade deadline is almost upon us. The Philadelphia 76ers has been the team that has been in the middle of a lot of discussions lately, as the tanking Sixers have a whole bunch of assets to move. It’s not particularly surprising that what the 76ers are looking to acquire before the deadline is future draft picks.
The 76ers’ focus in the days leading up to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline is acquiring draft picks, according to an Eastern Conference executive.
The franchise wants to gain future compensation in exchange for Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and Thaddeus Young, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. With the most cap space in the league and an open roster spot, the Sixers will consider acquiring an expiring contract from a team looking to dump a salary. But that most likely will also involve receiving a draft pick.
At this point in time, as the teams are operating under the new collective bargaining agreement, first-round picks are extremely hard to come by. Still, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Sixers can find a first-rounder by packaging some of their best trade assets in Hawes, Turner or Young, and taking on an expiring deal. There are quite a few teams on the borderline of making the playoffs, and moving dead money for some of Philadelphia’s top talent could go a long way in helping those teams.