In a matter of days, the 76ers have gone from waiting out a trade that would land them 2013 1st overall pick Anthony Bennett to having their future return for Thaddeus Young enshrouded in questions. What once seemed like a sure thing to see Bennett in 76ers colors within the next week, is now apparently a longshot. The Timberwolves appear as if they will be hanging on to Bennett, but also reportedly are still in position to land Young in some sort of trade.
Given the fact that they most likely will not land an impact player for Young, some question the 76ers’ motives in nudging a solid player at a reasonable price tag out there door. Though nothing is certain, Sam Hinkie seems committed to doing so, given the fact that it will end up netting him the highest yield in terms of assets. According to Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times, the return for Thad will be one with an emphasis on ‘assets’.
— Tom Moore (@tmoore76ers) August 22, 2014
The first-round pick mentioned above would be a top-ten protected selection that originally belonged to the Miami Heat. Given the Heat’s band-aid job following the departure of LeBron James, one would have to assume they will not finish in the top-ten of the lottery. The players, both on expiring contracts, are guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute.
Schved, 25, is a Russian product, averaging 6.5 ppg over his two NBA seasons. He is considered a ‘combo guard’, but has done very little to distinguish himself in his short professional career. Mbah a Moute is a veteran presence out of UCLA. He has averaged 6.3 ppg and 4.9 rpg in six NBA seasons. He is, however, the mentor of 2014 1st round pick Joel Embiid as a fellow native of Cameroon. Both players are on expiring contracts, but it would be interesting to see if they held onto Mbah a Moute to help ease the transition for Embiid.
First round picks are great. The 76ers will most likely end up with two of them in the 2015 NBA Draft. However, one has to be concerned as to what types of players they will be able to use them on. If everything projects as the organization hopes it does, four of the team’s starting five spots will already be occupied by players already under their control. There shouldn’t be any cause for concern for how the front office is operating at this point. It will be interesting to see how they navigate their situation moving forward, when patience will be running a bit thinner after a second-straight lottery-bound season.