Archive: June, 2011
The 76ers held a workout today at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. And a few minutes after that workout ended, they announced they'll hold another on Thursday morning. With only about a week before the 2011 NBA Draft, scheduled for next Thursday, the Sixers are in the final few days of completing their draft board. Once again (I feel like I've written some of these sentences dozens of times this summer ... sorry everyone!), the Sixers hold the No. 16 and No. 50 picks in next week's draft.
Today's workout featured five players: Tyler Honeycutt (UCLA), Markieff Morris (Kansas), Antonio Pena (Villanova), Eniel Polynice (Seton Hall), and Xavier Silas (Northern Illionois). Tomorrow's workout also features five players: Corey Fisher (Villanova), Corey Stokes (Villanova), Bengaly Fofana (France), Justin Hurtt (Tulsa), and Charles Okwandu (UCONN).
Before we get to today's relevant prospects (Morris and Honeycutt), here's the quick-hit info about tomorrow's workout:
The 76ers will continue their pre-draft workouts on Wednesday morning at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Five prospects will participate in a workout that is scheduled to run from 10-11 a.m. It will be the Sixers' fifth pre-draft workout in advance of the 2011 NBA Draft, which is scheduled for June 23. The Sixers hold the No. 16 and No. 50 overall picks in the draft.
Wednesday's workout will include Tyler Honeycutt (UCLA), Markieff Morris (Kansas), Antonio Pena (Villanova), Eniel Polynice (Seton Hall), and Xavier Silas (Northern Illinois). Here is some quick-hit information on each player.
1. Honeycutt is a 6-foot-8 small forward. He left UCLA after his sophomore year, during which he averaged 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds a game. Also of note, he spends the summers working out with Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday. He's considered a first-round bubble pick.
No huge surprise here, but the 76ers will tender qualifying offers to both Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes. The qualifying offers can be extended any time now, but the team is expecting to get it done by the middle of this week. This is a slightly complicated process, but what happens is that once the Sixers tender each player a qualifying offer, the team earns the right to match any offer made to the player in the free agent market.
Beginning July 1, both Young and Hawes will become restricted free agents. Because of the potential lockout, which will begin at midnight on July 1, this might not even come into play for some time because there will be a moratorium on such actions during a lockout. But what will happen is that Young and Hawes will be free to sign an offer sheet from any other team. At that point, the Sixers will have exactly seven days to match the other team's offer. If the Sixers do match, they have retained that player's rights for the amount and duration of the offer sheet the player signed.
If a player is not signed to an offer sheet during the free agent period, he is under contract (thus the qualifying offer) to play for the Sixers during the 2011-12 season at the price point of the qualifying offer. Young's qualifying offer is approximately $3.99 million; Hawes' offer is approximately $4.05 million.
The 76ers have already held four pre-draft workouts and they announced today that they won't be holding anymore until next week because members of the front office are traveling overseas for a scouting trip. So we can all rest easy that this weekend won't produce an onslaught of draft prospect info. (Or am I the only one who will rest easy with that news?)
As for trade info, this is a busy time of year. As Sixers president Rod Thorn has said, he talks to "15 to 20" teams a week about potential trades. Some are more specific than others, some get leaked and some don't. Right now we're working with two specific trades the Sixers have (as confirmed by the Inquirer and Marc Stein of ESPN) discussed: swingman Andre Iguodala to the Golden State Warriors for guard Monta Ellis and Iguodala to the Los Angeles Clippers for big man Chris Kaman.
Both deals can be done straight up and both deals fill a hole -- one for a scoring guard, the other for a big man -- that the Sixers need filling. As we've said repeatedly here, the priority in trading Iguodala is landing a scoring guard. Filling the need at center can come in other ways: the draft, free agency, etc. If Iguodala is the biggest chip, then he has to bring back the most crucial need. Take from that what you will. We'll stay on both of these trades.
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In strictly basketball news, the 76ers hosted a set of pre-draft workouts today at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Today’s workouts were the team’s third and fourth of the pre-draft session. The Sixers hold the No. 16 and No. 50 picks in the 2011 NBA Draft, scheduled for June 23.
Here were the groups present during today’s workouts:
Working out from 10-11:15 a.m. were the following players:
While the bones of ESPN.com's earlier report on the potential sale of the 76ers is accurate, calling the sale "imminent" is too strong. Earlier today, ESPN.com reported that Comcast-Spectacor is in talks to sell the Sixers to a "group led by New York-based leverage buyout specialist Joshua Harris."
That information is accurate, as are the details reported in the ESPN.com story. The one caution is that while the two sides are continually talking, there are a myriad of hurdles to overcome before an agreement between the two sides can be reached. Calling the deal "imminent" would not accurately reflect the current situation, which seems to put any potential deal -- if one is indeed reached -- at at least a week-plus in the future. In addition, this deal would allow current owner Ed Snider to retain a small percentage of the Sixers, although certainly not a controlling stake.
Also of note, a source has confirmed that this potential deal in no way affects the Flyers, the NHL franchise also owned by Snider.
Video: The Inquirer's Kate Fagan discusses the latest news surrounding the potential sale of the Sixers and trade of Andre Iguodala with CineSport's Noah Coslov.