19 May 2017 20:34:07

Steps in the offseason

1.Sixers get D.Russell
Lakers get: Sixers 2018 unprotected #1, this year picks #36, 39, and Okafor.

2.Sixers sign JJ Redick 3yr/$48mill

3.Sixers sign Ilyosova 2yr/$22 mill

4.Sixers draft Josh Jackson

I think in todays " positionless" NBA, the mix of ball handlers, shooters, shut down wing defenders, and a strong two-way presence in the middle makes this team young, strong, deep, and very good. A starting 5 of:
Russell, Redick, J.Jackson, Simmons, and Embiid. Simmons as the primary ball handler. Bench of Saric, Covington, Holmes, Ilyosova, Bayless, Luwawa-Cab, McConnell, Anderson, Stauskas, pick#46.

1.) 19 May 2017
19 May 2017 20:52:47
One slight change: Instead of sixers "unprotectwd" 2018 #1, change it to the less favorable of the sixers and lakers 2018 #1 picks (sixers own rights to both) .

2.) 19 May 2017
19 May 2017 21:02:09
Lakers say no. all this talk about trading Russell is garbage. Both Russell and Lonzo play good off the ball as well as on it. This backcourt is going to be dynamic.

3.) 19 May 2017
19 May 2017 21:21:56
No way they give up the 1st unprotected, okafor, and 2 2nds. wayyyy too much for a guy that was drafted 1 slot ahead of okafor and has that many turnovers.

4.) 19 May 2017
19 May 2017 21:31:56
Lakers would probably just want their own 2018 pick back instead of taking the 76ers. Even then I'm not sure how interested Lakers would be in that although 2018 draft class would enable them to potentially get the franchise center that Lakers have historically had. As Daniel20 mentions Russell and Lonzo could easily coexist and be a great tandem in the backcourt so I don't think Lakers have to rush into a deal now that they are likely to get Lonzo.

They'd probably want to test the two out together and see how 76ers and Lakers records look before potentially moving Russell for a 2018 draft pick.

5.) 20 May 2017
20 May 2017 00:51:34
Gpack17 where guys are drafted have no bearing on their value two years out. With that logic Okafor should be more valuable than Porzingis since he was selected 1 pick before him but this obviously can't be further from the truth.

Seeing the two play for two years Okafor has proven to be a good post scorer but a sub par defender and rebounder for his size and is a poor shooter and average athlete making his ceiling not that high and a poor fit for most nba teams. Russell did have a disappointing 2nd season overall but I think he showed enough in his first season and at the end of this past season for many to believe he has the potential to be an all-star caliber player at either guard spot due to his shooting ability, size and craftiness. Russell's assist to turnover ratio was pretty bad (2nd worst only to Clarkson for point guards) and this is a reason I think Russell would be better suited to play most of his minutes at shooting guard and bringing in Ball to be a natural pg would help him a lot. If he were to go to 76ers with them having Simmons I believe he'd also be in a position where he'd be at his best as a combo guard with Simmons handling a majority of traditional pg duties.