Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Philadelphia 76ers regarding their offseason plan for Jahlil Okafor, Dario Saric, and the 2016 NBA draft if they will pick Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram.
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the struggling teams in the NBA. The Sixers finished in the 15th spot in the Western Conference with a record of 10-72 record. This is an obvious sign that they should make a huge adjustment with their roster if they would want to build a competitive team next season.
The Sixers are reportedly trading one of their big men this summer. Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens have been showing a lack of chemistry in the past season making the Sixers management decide to trade one of them. There are speculations that the Sixers would trade Okafor than Noel to get an equal value from the other teams. According to Keith Pompey of Philadelphia Inquirer:
“The Sixers are shopping Okafor and center Nerlens Noel to other NBA teams. The franchise is expected to trade the player who brings them a better deal.”
“Sources have said that the team would prefer to trade Okafor. The Sixers expect to get equal value in return, but it could be hard to do that when every team knows they are looking to unload the big man.”
In the 2016 NBA draft, many have predicted that the Philadelphia 76ers will pick Ben Simmons as the first overall pick. However, it seems like Simmons has not yet planned to work out with the team while Brandon Ingram did. Sixer general manager Bryan Colangelo has not given any official confirmation yet regarding his plan in the upcoming NBA draft.
Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are top NBA draft prospects that are expected to land in the first and second spot. When Colangelo was asked if who will be taking trip to Philadelphia for the No. 1 pick:
“It changes every day,” Colangelo said.
The Philadelphia 76ers are also eyeing for the return of Dario Saric. The 6-foot-10 Croatian has been drafted 12th overall pick by the Orlando Magic in 2014 and was immediately transferred to the Sixers. However, Saric chose to play overseas from the time the Sixers acquired him. The decision will be on his hands if he will opt out his contract and join the Sixers next season.
“I saw a much-improved player from what I saw three, four years ago when I first saw Dario,” president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said Monday. “He’s gotten physically bigger, physically stronger. He runs the floor very well. He does a lot of things. He’s highly skilled with the ball. He’s creating shots for himself with step-back dribbles, crossover dribbles, etcetera. And he’s shooting the ball much, much better than what I remember and what I recall from three, four years ago.”
Philadelphia 76ers manager Bryan Colangelo believes that Dario Saric will be a great asset to their team. The addition of Saric and Simmons with the team will surely give a big boost and make them a more competitive team next season.
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