Where will No.1 overall draft pick Ben Simmons land for his rookie season? On the other hand, the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft is an asset for the Los Angeles Lakers now. The Philadelphia 76ers have the first overall pick, and they want to pick LSU’s Ben Simmons.
Simmons and his representatives are eager for a deal with the Lakers for a much more lucrative sneakers deal, as well as reuniting with his high school mate D’Angelo Russell, but the Sixers are “highly unlikely” to trade him off.
The general manager of Philadelphia, Bryant Colangelo, said they have no plans to deal the top pick, according to Pro Basketball Talk’s Kurt Helin.
“I would say you never say never, but certainly trading the No. 1 pick is a highly unlikely situation,” Colangelo said.
Philadelphia has a string of young players in their roster. They are a struggling side in the league like the Lakers. But they are a regular at the draft lottery, having picked Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, and Jahlil Okafor over the last few years. This time, also the Sixers have first three round picks. Apart from the first overall, they also own No. 24 and No. 26.
“I’ve been quoted as saying you can only have so many developing players in your fold,” Colangelo said after his team saw the lottery balls bounce their way in a win. “There’s a lot to consider to finding a balance… I think there needs to be a blend of young talent and veterans on your roster, there needs to be a balance.”
However, like the Lakers, the Sixers are heavily preferring LSU’s Ben Simmons ahead of No. 2 overall pick, Duke’s Brandon Ingram. So, Ingram falls in Lakers‘ hands. Though there’s still one month to go before June 23 NBA draft day, and things can change in the course of four weeks time. The Lakers are open to the idea of trading Ingram if they get a proper deal.
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