The NBA is in the process of revamping the current draft lottery system in an attempt to avoid teams pulling a total tank job. This could be construed as the league targeting Sam Hinkie and the 76ers.
According to a post today by ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the new proposal is facing "strong objection" from the Sixers.
The rough draft of this plan was met with opposition by 76ers management, which is in the midst of a multiseason rebuilding project that is dependent on a high pick next year. The 76ers, sources said, are hoping to get the NBA to delay the plan's implementation for at least a year because it would act as a de facto punishment while just playing by the rules that have been in place.
The 76ers, however, may struggle to gain support from Silver or fellow teams for holding off on the changes. Philadelphia's planned sink to the bottom has caused a drag on revenues in one of the league's largest markets and has upset some other teams, sources said.
Hinkie and his cohorts obviously took Joel Embiid with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft knowing he wouldn't be able to help the team win much today. He did so under the current lottery system in which a losing season would increase the chances of a better pick in 2015, thus building for the future.
And as we saw in the failed #Winless4Wiggins campaign of 2013-2014, even if you pull as many moves off as possible to become a really bad basketball team, nothing is guaranteed under the current system.
You'd think he'd have a strong argument against the league changing up the system midway through his plan. If the league decided to implement a change prior to the start of the 2014-2015 season, Hinkie and co. will face an entirely different challenge all together.