The Philadelphia 76ers attempts to hit the proverbial ‘Turkey’ of NBA Draft lotteries may be hitting a snag and the organization is doing everything they can to prevent such a thing from happening. It had been reported earlier this year that the NBA had every intention of tweaking the system to try to keep teams from ‘tanking’ seasons. Now the 76ers, the team most blatantly partaking in the questionable strategy, is trying to fight off those changes until at least the 2016 offseason.
The 76ers are fighting planned changes to the draft lottery system, hoping to delay them: http://t.co/aT9NQd0494
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 30, 2014
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the almost assuredly lottery bound 76ers are providing the most resistance to the NBA’s newest plan. The simple explanation for the proposed plan would have several teams toward the bottom of the league as far as records go receive an equal opportunity at the top pick. The way it currently stands gives the teams with the worst records a weighted advantage over other teams in the lottery that don’t include the Cleveland Cavaliers. In Sam Hinkie’s never-ending quest to acquire assets, it only makes sense that the organization would try to put this change off as long as possible.
The rough draft of this plan was met with opposition by 76ers management, which is in the midst of a multiseason rebuilding project that is dependent on a high pick next year. The 76ers, sources said, are hoping to get the NBA to delay the plan’s implementation for at least a year because it would act as a de facto punishment while just playing by the rules that have been in place.
I don’t necessarily blame the 76ers for trying to fight this rule. Even if it comes off as somewhat petty, it is a change that directly goes against what has been the front office’s plan for over a year now. I’m sure they will happily roll with the punches should such changes take effect, but to not at least try to push them back would be counterproductive. Not sure if their efforts will end up paying off, but maybe they can get the NBA to drag their feet in the mud just enough to assure them one more high lottery pick.