By Harry Allison
The NBA draft is only a month away — June 20 — and don’t be surprised if the Sixers unload a pick or two:
The 76ers, Nets, Hawks and Celtics all may be “looking to unload at least one of their draft picks on the trade market,” league executives told The Athletic.
All four of those teams have at least three selections, with Atlanta and Philly holding five picks each. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk, however, told The Athletic earlier this month they “probably don’t want to add five rookies to” the team.
“Where we are in our trajectory, we need players that can play, players that can add to our team now,” Sixers general manager Elton Brand said. “We’re looking for maybe older players. For sure, defensive minded players and we always place a premium on shooting.
“But defensive-oriented players that can contribute now, we may look at, I don’t want to tip my hand too much, but that may be something we’re looking at.”
The 2019 NBA Draft will take place Thursday, June 20.