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76ers To Expand Workouts For No. 1 Pick Beyond Simmons, Ingram

May 23, 2016 11:22 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers will work out multiple prospects as they consider their options with the first overall pick.

The 76ers are widely expected to pick between Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons, but they expect to also work out Jaylen Brown, Kris Dunn and Jamal Murray.

Philadelphia is also considering offering invitations to Buddy Hield and Dragan Bender.

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown, Jamal Murray, Brandon Ingram, Kris Dunn, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts

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League Office Reviewing Draft Combine Measurements

May 21, 2016 12:19 PM

The NBA league office is reviewing the measurements from this year's draft combine.

There were several players who had significantly different results in their standing reach than previous times they were tested.

For example, Jaylen Brown's standing reach was three inches shorter than it was at the Nike Hoop Summit a year ago.

“Please note that there were variances with the standing reach measurements for several players in comparison to prior recorded measurements. As a result, the unofficial anthropometric measurements and strength and agility testing results (currently available on are under review. The official measurements and testing results will be released as soon as the internal review is complete.”

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Scout: Dragan Bender More Advanced At 18 Than Porzingis

May 20, 2016 11:52 AM

Dragan Bender probably has the best shot of pulling a draft upset and being selected ahead of either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram.

Bender has a recent small sample size with Maccabi Tel Aviv, but he's younger than most freshman and has been playing against players more than a decade older than him.

"Dragan is more advanced at his age than Kristaps Porzingis was when he was 18," a longtime NBA scout said. "Dragan has great length, and he can block shots. He can run the floor, and his ability to finish at the rim is exceptional. His shot is getting better all the time. On defense, he has the ability to guard the 4 or the 5. He needs to gain weight and strength, but his potential is jaw-dropping."

"Top players from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina play basketball to express beauty," said Maurizio Balducci, Bender's Italy-based agent, who is also watching the practice. "This is how [the late] Drazen Petrovic played and Toni Kukoc played. Dragan is very much from this culture. And dunking in a layup line when you are 7'1" is not an expression of beauty."

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Jaylen Brown Won't Hire Agent, Will Use NBPA To Advise Him On Rookie Deal

May 19, 2016 1:49 PM

Jaylen Brown has decided not to sign with an agent as he continues through the draft process.

Brown will use the NBPA to advise him on his rookie deal.

Teams are limited on what they can sign rookies for due to the rookie scale.

Brown is widely expected to be one of the top picks in the 2016 NBA Draft after one season at California.

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76ers Leaning Toward Selecting Ben Simmons First Overall

May 18, 2016 11:39 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers are leaning heavily toward selecting Ben Simmons with the first overall pick.

The 76ers will continue to consider Brandon Ingram but they have confidence in the upside of Simmons.

Simmons was born and raised in Australia, where 76ers director of performance research and development David T. Martin was an iconic sports-science leader until leaving the Australian Institute of Sport for Philadelphia in 2015.

Brett Brown also coached Simmons’ father, Dave, with the Melbourne Tigers.

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NBA May Revisit Lottery Reform Following Free Agency

May 18, 2016 11:20 AM

Adam Silver says the NBA will not consider making changes again to the lottery system at this time.

There was strong support of removing the incentives for having a bad record but the plan didn't receive a super majority.

The NBA, however, could readdress it later in the summer.

"I was in favor of changing the lottery," Silver told reporters after the drawing. "But we've parked the issue. We've said, 'Once we get through this summer of free agency, let's return to it and see if a modification is necessary.'"

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76ers Also Were Initially Drawn For Second Overall Pick

May 18, 2016 11:16 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers won the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery and their number also came up when they drew the second overall pick.

The 76ers had the best odds in history to get the top overall pick due to their place with the worst record in the league and also owning a pick swap with the Sacramento Kings.

Sam Hinkie stepped down as general manager of the 76ers in April but he has positioned the franchise to rebuild with a considerable number of valuable future draft picks.

In next year's draft, the 76ers will have their own pick and also the Lakers' (top-3 protected).

"It's unfortunate that Sam isn't here to be a part of this," Bryan Colangelo said. "But it was his choice."

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Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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Celtics To Target Backcourt If Pick Falls Outside Top-2

May 17, 2016 12:44 PM

The Boston Celtics are expected to target a guard in the draft if their pick from the Brooklyn Nets falls outside the top-2.

Jamal Murray would be the logical pick with his shooting and versatility, but sources say they also like Buddy Hield.

The Celtics have Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley as their primary options in the backcourt.

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Lakers Expected To Trade Pick If It Falls To No. 3

May 17, 2016 11:09 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to attempt to trade the third overall pick in the draft should they wind up in that position.

The Lakers will convey their pick to the Philadelphia 76ers if it falls outside the top-3.

Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are the presumptive top-2 players in the draft.

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NBA Not Anticipating 'Imminent' Changes To Lottery
The NBA couldn't get enough support to reform the lottery a season ago.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Ujiri, Kidd, Towns Among On-Stage Lottery Participants
The NBA has announced the list of on-stage participants for the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery.

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76ers Interested In Trade If They Get Two Top-5 Picks
The 76ers could own two top-5 picks as well as the 24th and 26th overall picks.

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Cost Of Buying Second Round Picks Going Up
Second round picks could be sold for the maximum $3.4 million amount allowed on draft night.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Furkan Korkmaz Negotiates Buyout Into Contract With Anadolu Efes
Furkan Korkmaz is projected to be a mid-first round selection.

Jonathan Givony/The Vertical

Wayne Selden Underwent Surgery On Small Meniscus Tear
Wayne Selden played with the injury for part of the season, holding off undergoing a procedure until after the season.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Brett Brown Representing 76ers At Lottery
Brett Brown was hired by Sam Hinkie and has continued to be the head coach through the early parts of the Colangelo regime.

Jessica Camerato/Comcast

Ben Simmons Won't Attend NBA Lottery
The projected top picks in recent drafts have begun to attend the lottery

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Ben Simmons, Dragan Bender Skipping NBA Draft Combine
Ben Simmons is expected to be one of the top-2 picks, while Dragan Bender will also be drafted early.

Jessica Camerato/Comcast

Jim Buss Believes Lakers Already Have 'Perfect Number Of Young Guys'
There is some doubt as to whether the Lakers would like to keep their top-3 pick or trade it away for a proven player.

Eric Pincus/Basketball Insiders

Kennedy Meeks Withdraws From NBA Draft, Staying At North Carolina
Kennedy Meeks slimmed down from being close to 300 pounds when he arrived on campus to playing at around 260 pounds last season as a junior.

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