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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sixers exec already preparing for NBA Draft lottery

NBA draft lottery ping pongThe Philadelphia 76ers entered the NBA season with plenty of optimism. They were expecting to build upon last year’s second-round playoff appearance, but things have not gone as planned. Big offseason acquisition Andrew Bynum has been bothered by knee problems and hasn’t played in a single game. As a result, the team is 24-40 and headed for its second-worst season since 1997-98.

Aware that this season is a bust, Sixers CEO and co-owner Adam Aron already has his eye on the team improving its chances in the NBA Draft lottery. It started with a tweet from Aron, who was pulling for his squad to beat Miami on Wednesday and end the Heat’s 19-game winning streak:

Aron is in a win-win situation. Getting a big win over Miami or Brooklyn would be thrilling, but a loss increases the team’s chances of getting a higher pick in the draft:

It doesn’t seem like Aron is too concerned about the team faring poorly the rest of the way, does it? He shouldn’t be. At this point, getting a higher pick in the draft is probably best for the team, as is releasing Andrew Bynum.

H/T Spike Eskin



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