PST: O'Neil doesn't see Sixers in playoffs in '14-15

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PST: O'Neil doesn't see Sixers in playoffs in '14-15

The Sixers are coming off a rough season in which they tied the NBA mark for consecutive losses with 26 and matched the third-worst record in franchise history at 19-63.

However, with the reigning Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel slated to return, a slew of draft picks and plenty of cap space, things definitely look bright for the club next season (see story).

Just how bright remains to be seen. But Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil says don't expect to see the young team make the leap into the postseason in 2014-15.

"I don't think so, no," O'Neil said on Thursday's edition of "Philly Sports Talk" when asked whether fans should expect a playoff berth next season. "I think this is a progression. This is a team that will be fun and young and exciting. If you remember kind of those old Golden State Warriors teams, Run TMC, and if you remember those young Clippers teams years ago, I think that's the team you'll see. I think you'll see a team that gets up and down the court, that gets after it on defense. But this is young team."

Despite not seeing an immediate playoff appearance for the Sixers, O'Neil said there is still a lot to get excited about with the team.

"I think the difference between last year and this year and why this is so exciting, you go from a year of deconstruction to a year of construction," he said. "To me, that's fun to be apart of.

"So we're not breaking down and selling off pieces for future draft picks. This is about how do we get this core, this base, this foundation set to build upon, and I think that's pretty exciting."

Report: Sixers, Pelicans had 'similar' package to DeMarcus Cousins deal in place

Report: Sixers, Pelicans had 'similar' package to DeMarcus Cousins deal in place

The Kings and Pelicans made waves after Sunday's NBA All-Star Game with the huge trade that sent superstar DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.

Sacramento sent Cousins to New Orleans for a package that included rookie Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round picks this in this year's draft.

But the Sixers and Pelicans reportedly were very close recently on deal for a "similar" package in exchange for Jahlil Okafor, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne.

That "similar" package was reportedly minus Hield.

So while the Pelicans are now almost certainly out of the running for Okafor, they've still made an impact on the Sixers in the near future.

Remember, the Sixers have the right to swap picks with the Kings in this year's draft via the Nik Stauskas deal in 2015.

So with Sacramento's brightest star now gone, that pick swap could be looking better and better for the Sixers.

As for Okafor, what does all this mean for his status with the Sixers?

Reports: Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans

Reports: Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS -- The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday night.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade is not official and has not been announced by either team.

The deal pairs the 6-foot-11 Cousins, a frontcourt All-Star from nearby Mobile, Alabama, with the 6-11 Anthony Davis, who on Sunday night was the All-Star Game MVP after scoring 52 points, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's 1962 record of 42.

The move also sends a message that the Pelicans are committed to a push for a playoff spot.

New Orleans (23-34) went into the All-Star break 2 games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff seeding in the Western Conference.

Cousins, like Davis a former collegiate star at Kentucky, is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds this season. But he is due to become a free agent in 2018 unless the Pelicans can sign him to an All-Star caliber extension.

The Kings get a player with a lot of potential in Hield, although he has been inconsistent during his rookie season out of Oklahoma, where as a senior he was one of the best players in the nation.

Hield is averaging 8.6 points but has been explosive at times, with a season high of 21 points. The 6-6 Evans, who can play point guard, shooting guard or small forward, will be entering a second stint in Sacramento, where he was drafted in 2009 and went on to be Rookie of the Year. Galloway has been a solid reserve, providing scoring punch from the perimeter.

The 6-9 Casspi has been playing about 19 minutes per game for the Kings this season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds.