Active Sixers end up with Kazemi in 2nd round

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Active Sixers end up with Kazemi in 2nd round

Sam Hinkie’s wheeling and dealing wasn’t finished after the first round.

With the No. 35 pick in the second round, the Sixers selected Glen Rice Jr., formerly of Georgia Tech, and immediately traded him to Washington for the No. 38 and No. 54 picks.

At No. 38, Washington took shooting guard Nate Wolters from South Dakota State. Last season, the 6-foot-5 Wolters averaged 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists with a 48.5 shooting percentage.

Wolters lasted slightly longer than Rice with the Sixers. Shortly after the pick, the Sixers flipped Wolters to Milwaukee for No. 43 overall pick, 6-foot-6 shooting guard Ricky Ledo.

Ledo was slated to play for Providence College, but never got the chance because he was forced to sit out by the NCAA as a partial qualifier. Ledo was able to practice with Providence and averaged 23.4 points per game at South Kent School in Connecticut.

Ledo didn’t stick on the Sixers’ ledger for too long, either. The guard was sent to Atlanta, which in turn dealt the teenager to Dallas. That’s where Ledo’s rights remained at midnight.

The Sixers officially made the No. 42 pick of the draft, selecting guard Pierre Jackson from Baylor. Jackson will go to New Orleans with Jrue Holiday as part of the trade for Nerlens Noel (see story).

Finally, the Sixers got Oregon’s Arsalan Kazemi at No. 54. Kazemi, the first Iranian in NCAA Division I history, is a 6-foot-7 forward with the proverbial high motor. He averaged 9.4 points and 10 rebounds per game.

“The guys we brought in tonight are winning basketball players who really care about the things we should care about,” Hinkie said.

Bynum back next season?
Until July 1, Andrew Bynum is still a member of the 76ers. After that, the All-Star center becomes a free agent, though the Sixers are the only team that can offer Bynum a max contract.

As far as keeping Bynum beyond July 1, there isn’t much to report.

“We haven’t had a lot of contact, but there has been a lot of work behind the scenes,” Hinkie said. “I’m sure we’ll be open-minded and respectful of Andrew as a free agent and one we’ll have some discussion with and we’ll see where it goes.”

Report: Nerlens Noel upset with Sixers' situation at center

Report: Nerlens Noel upset with Sixers' situation at center

After being in the middle of trade rumors over the last few months, Nerlens Noel appears to frustrated with his situation with the Sixers, according to the Inquirer's Keith Pompey.

The Sixers have three starting-caliber centers — Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid, who's now healthy — heading into this season.

"I think it's just silly," Noel told Pompey. "With the departure of [former general manager and president] Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to set something done this summer.

"Don't get me wrong. We all get along great on the court and off the court. But at the end of the day, it's like having three starting quarterbacks. It doesn't make any sense.

"And it's just not going to work to anybody's advantage having that on the same team. That's how I'm looking at it. I'm not opposed to anything, but things need to be situated."

The Sixers flirted with having two big men on the court at the same time last season, with Noel and Okafor but with no real success. 

He has a point, and the team knows it.

During the summer, reports swirled saying the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor for backcourt help.

Noel, who's in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't appear to believe the current situation will work.

"I think something needs to happen," he said.

Something will happen on Monday, when the team holds its annual media day and Noel almost certainly will have to discuss the issue. Stay tuned.

Bryan Colangelo: 'Never a period of discomfort' with Sixers' bigs

Bryan Colangelo: 'Never a period of discomfort' with Sixers' bigs

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers on Friday unveiled their brand new, state-of-the-art practice facility in Camden, New Jersey (see story).

Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo, while speaking to media members at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, touched on a variety of topics. That included the team's surplus of big men, an issue that has been years in the making.  

One of the major questions surrounding the Sixers this offseason is how the team plans to utilize all three of its talented young big men in Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid. With Embiid finally healthy and on track to play this season, the Sixers have some tough decisions when it comes to balancing playing time as well as maximizing each player's potential.  

There have been rumors throughout the summer that Colangelo has been actively trying to shop either Noel or Okafor because of his discomfort with having three big men on the roster. His comments on Friday cleared up the situation. 

"We're excited for the season. We’re excited to have three, talented young players that can play that position," Colangelo said. "I said something this summer that was somewhat tongue and cheek that was taken so seriously and everybody hung on that one word that I would be uncomfortable going into the season or absolutely uncomfortable, it was literally overstated so many different times. It was never a period of discomfort, in fact, it's actually comfortable knowing we have that much talent there.

"The discomfort comes in trying to manage and maintain the happiness of three talented young players and that’s something that I think will work itself out."

This offseason has been one of transition for the Sixers. The days of "The Process" are long gone, and the Sixers seem poised to finally become a competitive franchise again after years of tanking.

During their summer overhaul, the Sixers brought in nine new players in hopes of forming a roster that features actual NBA-caliber players that could compete on a nightly basis. 

The team now not only features a surplus of bigs, but for the first time in a long time, a healthy balance of talent at each position. 

"The availability of those players is going to be an experiment all season long, not just with the bigs but with this entire team," Colangelo said. "We’ve got a good mix of talent and there's going to be a lot of competition at every position."

Colagelo expressed that under the former regime ran by Sam Hinkie, the Sixers lacked any sort of competitive drive and identity, something that he emphasized greatly when first put in charge. 

"We really have brought some things to this team that I think was sorely lacking," Colangelo said. "One was veteran leadership, whether it's Gerald Henderson, Jerryd Bayless or bringing Elton Brand back. Playmaking ability between Jerryd Bayless, Sergio Rodriquez, Dario Saric coming into the mix, Ben Simmons — these are playmakers as much as they are good basketball players and scorers.

"So we’ve got a good mix of talent, but what we actually have will play itself out on the court in the coming months."