The Philadelphia 76ers were supposed to tank this season in order to secure another lottery pick to add to their young roster of talent, but the team started winning early and hasn’t looked that bad the rest of the way. Philadelphia isn’t playoff bound, as they’re 13-25 at the moment, but they’re still looking to find ways to load up on first-round picks and could trade some major veteran pieces of their roster to secure those picks.
— Tom Moore (@tmoore76ers) January 16, 2014
That doesn’t mean that it’s a certainty trades will be made, but the team has been mentioned in trade rumors that have Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner moving to different teams. Any trade talks will involve those three players as they remain Philadelphia’s best trade chips.
The team is trying to build around Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, but there’s no guarantee that any of the three players mentioned will garner a first-round pick, unless they’re packaged together. The Chicago Bulls traded All-Star forward Luol Deng and received a protected first-round pick in return, so it’s possible for the Sixers to eye that or at the very least a mid-round pick as a possible result of a trade.