NEW YORK – As Cody Zeller sees it, the 76ers might have to trade up if they want him in the NBA draft.
“I don’t know if I will be around at 11,” the Indiana center/power forward said during Wednesday’s predraft press conference. “We will see.”
The Sixers have one first-round pick (11th) and two second-round selections (35th and 42d) in Thursday’s draft.
Orlando (second overall), Charlotte (fourth), Sacramento (seven) and Minnesota (nine) are teams that reportedly could snag Zeller before the Sixers select.
But the 7-footer believes he would bring value to the Sixers if they do draft him.
“I think I would be good for them just because I’d be a big guy that could help,” he said. “They got a lot of young guys in the guard spots. But I feel like I could help them in the front line.”
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