Sixers Trade With Knicks, Get Future Second-Round Picks

Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie talks about the team's decision to draft Duke center Jahlil Okafor during an NBA basketball news conference, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Ben Mikesell/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie talks about the team’s decision to draft Duke center Jahlil Okafor during an NBA basketball news conference, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Ben Mikesell/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Last night the Philadelphia 76ers traded away the 35th pick in the draft, their first of five selections in the second round, to the New York Knicks. The Knicks used the pick to select Spanish big man Guillermo Hernangomez.

In exchange, the Sixers got two future second-round picks in return. A league source has informed PhillyMag that the picks the Sixers will receive are the Knicks own second round picks in 2020 and 2021.

The Knicks had already traded away their own 2nd round picks through 2019, including two, 2018 and 2019, which were already (potentially) destined to Philadelphia.(For the 2018 pick, the Sixers will get either the Knicks second-round pick or the the Clippers second-round pick that year, whichever is more favorable to the Sixers). Besides their own 2020 and 2021 2nd round picks, the Knicks also had two second-round picks from the Rockets (2017 and 2019), and a 2019 2nd round pick from Cleveland, available to trade.

As it stands, the Sixers could have the Knicks second-round pick in four consecutive years: 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

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Richaun Holmes, J.P. Tokoto Highlight Sixers’ Second-Round Picks

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Bowling Green’s Richaun Holmes, (left) | North Carolina’s J.P. Tokoto (right)

Basketball writer Derek Bodner is covering the NBA draft for Philadelphia magazine at Sixers Draftland

While the selection of Jahlil Okafor at No. 3 overall is far and away the biggest story to come out of the 2015 NBA draft for the Sixers, the team had five second-round selections at their disposal with which to try to find a diamond in the rough.

The Sixers started off the second round by trading the 35th pick to the New York Knicks for two future second rounders. The Knicks have already traded away all of their own second-round picks through the 2019 draft, but they do have second-round picks from Houston in 2017 and 2018, as well as a second-round pick from Cleveland in 2019, available to them.

The Sixers then selected Bowling Green senior Richaun Holmes with the 37th pick in the draft. We highlighted Holmes, the MAC’s Defensive Player of the Year, as a potential second-round option earlier in the day. Holmes has the potential to impact the game on the defensive end because of his mobility and shot-blocking ability, and he’s improved his offensive game over the past two seasons, shooting 36.1% (30-83) from three-point range over the past two years while shooting over 70% from the line each year. Read more »

The Sixers Select Jahlil Okafor With the No. 3 Pick

Jahlil Okafor (Duke) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number three overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.

Jahlil Okafor (Duke) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number three overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.

Basketball writer Derek Bodner is covering the NBA draft for Philadelphia magazine at Sixers Draftland

With the Lakers selecting Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell second overall, the Sixers made the decision to go with another big man: this time Duke center Jahlil Okafor.

With Russell off the board the Sixers took their highest rated player, despite having already invested in major talent for their frontcourt over the last two seasons. Okafor will join Joel Embiid (3rd overall pick in 2014) and Nerlens Noel (6th overall in 2013) in a suddenly crowded frontcourt. Read more »

Sixers Draftland: 2015 NBA Draft Liveblog

Jahlil Okafor (Duke) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number three overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.

Jahlil Okafor (Duke) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number three overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center.

As we continue our coverage of the 2015 NBA draft, I will be chatting with you live from the NBA draft at the Barclay’s Center. Stop on in and leave a question, or just hang out and follow along for the latest news, rumors and updates.

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Rating the Sixers Draft Prospects by Checking Their Horoscopes

Zodiac images via Shutterstock.com. D'Angelo Russell and Jahlil Okafor photos via USA Today Sports. Porzingis via Twitter.

Zodiac images via Shutterstock.com. D’Angelo Russell and Jahlil Okafor photos via USA Today Sports. Porzingis via Twitter.

Phillymag.com’s Derek Bodner has been doing a masterful job of unpacking the candidates to be the Sixers’ top pick in tonight’s NBA draft. But now push has come to shove, and it’s time to stop niggling over outside shooting and post defense and get down to brass tacks. We consulted the stars — the Daily News horoscope, penned by one Holiday Mathis — to learn which hoops star will be wearing that spanking new jersey this season. Barring tragic injuries, of course. Some things even the heavens can’t predict. Read more »

Who Are the Sixers’ Second-Round Options?

Basketball writer Derek Bodner is covering the NBA draft for Philadelphia magazine at Sixers Draftland

We spend a lot of time, and deservedly so, focusing on the Sixers’ third overall pick in tonight’s draft.

It is, after all, the pick that has far and away the most drastic impact on the Sixers’ future. If the Sixers fail in their rebuilding efforts, it will be because they failed to find a real difference-maker at the top of the draft.

Still, the second round represents an opportunity to acquire cheap talent. We’re heading into an offseason where Jimmy Butler (the last pick in the first round of the 2011 draft), Draymond Green (35th in 2012), Khris Middleton (39th in 2012), and Marc Gasol (48th in 2007) are all about to receive hefty contracts in free agency.

With five (!) second-round picks tonight, who are some players the Sixers could, or should, be targeting? Read more »

Report: D’Angelo Russell to Lakers a Smokescreen

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Adrian Wojnarowski on Fox Sports 1 said that his sources tell him that the Lakers’ interest in D’Angelo Russell is a smokescreen to try to pressure the Kings to make the DeMarcus Cousins trade today. Wojnarowski went on to say that the Sixers are locked in at D’Angelo Russell with the 3rd pick.

You can watch the video of the Wojnarowski interview here.

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Reports: Sixers Targeting Rashad Vaughn; Is Trading Down a Possibility?

UNLV Rebels guard Rashad Vaughn attempts a free throw in second half against the Colorado State Rams at Moby Arena on Feb. 7, 2015.

UNLV Rebels guard Rashad Vaughn attempts a free throw in second half against the Colorado State Rams at Moby Arena on Feb. 7, 2015.

Basketball writer Derek Bodner is covering the NBA draft for Philadelphia magazine at Sixers Draftland

As we wake up on the morning of the draft, a number of rumors are circulating around the league which could throw the draft into chaos.

• The biggest news of the day is that the Lakers and Kings have exchanged the framework of a possible deal that would send DeMarcus Cousins to Los Angeles, with the Lakers sending back the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, former 2014 draft picks Julius Randle (7th overall pick last year) and Jordan Clarkson (46th overall), and other assets.

This trade would have major implications for the Sixers. Besides potentially changing who could be selected just ahead of them in the draft at No. 2 overall, it also could impact where the Lakers pick falls in next year’s draft. The Sixers have the Lakers’ top-3 protected pick. Read more »

2015 NBA Draft Big Board: The 10 Best Prospects for the Sixers

From left: Emanuel Mudiay, Jahlil Okafor, D'Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns (all USA Today Sports) and Kristaps Porzingis (Twitter)

From left: Emmanuel Mudiay, Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns (all USA Today Sports) and Kristaps Porzingis (Twitter)

Basketball writer Derek Bodner is covering the NBA draft for Philadelphia magazine at Sixers Draftland

We’re now only 24 hours away from the 2015 NBA Draft, and the question today is simple: What would I do?

Here is my ranking of the top 10 prospects in the NBA Draft, specifically as they relate to how I would prioritize them if I were running the Sixers.

I’m going to break them down into tiers, with the basic premise that players in the same tier are roughly equivalent. Fit and team need may then have an impact on players within the same tier, but almost never moves a player up or down into a different tier.

Click on a player’s name to view a more detailed write-up. Read more »

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