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The Sixers are likely to end up with four first-rounders in 2016 — their own, the Lakers’ pick (which becomes top-3 protected), the Heat’s (top-10 protected) and the Thunder’s (top-15 protected). As for potentially trading the pick, Hinkie indicated that’s unlikely. “That seems really hard to believe (the pick would be more valuable to another team),” he said. “We’re clearly building through the draft. We’re clearly trying to find star players. There might be other teams more interested and more committed to that sort of thing, but I doubt it.” The Intelligencer
“There’s been a lot of talk (about me going third),” Russell said afterward. “I know they need a wing. If I ended up there, it’d be a blessing.” “I’m good friends with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid (as is Russell),” Mudiay said. “That’d be a fun team to watch, a run-and-gun team. It’d definitely be something to look forward to.” The Intelligencer
"If it's a team like Philly, how could they draft [Karl-Anthony] Towns or [Jahlil] Okafor if they have the first pick, when they already have Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid? And they traded Michael Carter-Williams [this season]," one Eastern Conference general manager said. "Maybe they move down and pick two or three, but [Emmanuel] Mudiay or [D'Angelo] Russell could go No. 1. Sam Hinkie is a wild card. He was the only GM to see Mudiay in person in China." "I think it's open at the top," another East general manager said. "I think there's a lot of talent up there, and it's fairly deep. It wouldn't shock me if one of the guards went No. 1." Bleacher Report
With the Lakers owning the fourth-worst record and thus the fourth-best odds at the No. 1 pick, there’s a 17.2% chance the Lakers drop to No. 6 or No. 7, and thus gifting their selection to Philly. Interestingly, there’s a greater chance of that happening than the Sixers simply winning the lottery. The Heat finished the season with 10th-worst record, barely clinging on to their first rounder as is. However, there’s still a 9.1 percent chance one team in the 11-14 slots can jump all the way into the top three (the lottery is simply a drawing for the top three slots followed by the remaining teams being awarded picks 4-14 based on worst record). Sports Illustrated
"What's interesting in the discussion here, conventionally, when you think of tanking, you think of teams trying to lose," he said. "Here in this case, even the greatest critics of a so-called rebuilding strategy would acknowledge that the team is trying to win. They are trying to win over a longer time period than that particular year." The 76ers are slotted in the third spot with a 15.6 percent chance of moving up to No. 1 and could land another high pick if the Lakers fall outside the top five and have to give it up as terms of a previous trade. So Los Angeles also ended up on the perceived tankers list while finishing with the NBA's fourth-worst record. Associated Press
Jake Fischer: Along with Corey Hawkins, Le'Bryan Nash and Colorado's Askia Booker also worked out for the Sixers on May 8, according to a source. Twitter @JakeLFischer
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