By Annie Ross

Lots of Sixers fans were disappointed when Big Boss Bryan Colangelo didn’t pull the trigger on a draft-night trade.

But coach Brett Brown thinks one may be in the near future.

Speaking on Monday’s Mike & Ike Show on 94WIP, Brown said there will likely have to be a trade:

“I would be surprised, [if we started the season with our current crop of big men] … I talk freely always with my players. This is something that in a different world maybe it’s awkward. It isn’t because it’s true, it’s real, it’s part of pro sport. Sometimes for the players too, like they have to understand that maybe it’s best for them too. And so, all over the place — instead of sort of hiding from this kind of what could be the elephant in the room or an awkward moment — I don’t like doing that. I speak freely with my guys about it.

“It’s just we understand the positional balance of our roster needs to rule the day. We have to find a balanced team.”

The Sixers were rumored to have offers for Noel and Okafor leading up to and during the draft, but refused to pull the trigger. Brown acknowledged the front office fielded calls, although not all of the reports were accurate according to the fourth-year head coach.