|While the Sixers front office pats itself on the back for drafting Moe Harkless and Arnett Moultrie, two guys projected to go in the top 20, in reality they've added similar pieces to a roster in desperate need of skills these guys do not possess.|
|Since Josh Harris and Co. took over control of the Sixers, they haven't done a thing to put their thumbprint on the roster. Mo Speights was shipped out, that's pretty much it. Tonight, we're going to get our first glimpse into where this team is headed. Will they trade up? Will they look to improve upon their second-round exit this past season? Will they take a step back in the hopes of taking several steps forward in the coming years? Or will they simply bring back Spencer Hawes, Lou Williams and Elton Brand, perhaps even trade away their first round pick in tonight's draft to add a veteran to the mix? Your guess is as good as mine, I'm just relieved to get our first glimpse into the future of the franchise. Live chat/blog throughout the night to follow.|
|Let's use this thread to keep track of any last-minute rumors and/or trades. State your preference in the comments. We're going to have a live chat during the draft, as usual. Set a reminder after the jump.|
|On Draft Eve the Sixers lame-duck, emasculated general manager seems content with the number 15 pick, and perfectly happy to take a passive approach to the draft, so I'll do the same.|
|With the franchise's future seemingly hanging in the balance, the Sixers lumber toward next week's draft with basically only the #15 pick in tow, and a bunch of unanswered questions. Let's lay them out and get everyone's prediction.|
|Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo reported yesterday the Sixers interviewed San Antonio Spurs executive Danny Ferry over the weekend to discuss a president/general manager position. As if a potential front office shakeup isn't enough news, Woj also reported a deeper motive for all of the action. Namely, Thorn's departure from the President of Basketball Operations position is directly tied to Doug Collins' pleas for autonomy when it comes to player personnel.|
|The rumor mill is heating up, there's actually some exciting, possibly positive news leaking out of the front office (or being planted by same). Let's use this thread to make sense of it all.|
|Coming into the season, I had big hopes for Jrue. In his third year, I expected him to take a big step forward and assert himself as a leader on the team and a top-ten point guard in the league. Things didn't quite go as planned, though there's definitely reason for hope.|
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|The Philadelphia 76ers head into the summer faced with questions about their identity. As the Sixers made their unlikely run to within a game of the Eastern Conference Finals, the team's major deficiencies were apparent to much of the fan base. With the season coming to an end on Saturday, now the team must turn toward the future. Among the plethora of offseason decisions the team is faced with, their coach's fingerprints seemingly will be on every one of them. The problem is it's not entirely clear if that is a good thing.|
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|The 20-9 start, the 15-22 finish and the 7-6 run to within one game of the Eastern Conference Finals. It was a wild ride for the Sixers, unfortunately, if they were going to change my mind about their future, they would have needed to do it in the ECF, against a healthy, talented contender. That's not to say I'm not proud of what they accomplished this season. The post season run was great, and probably more than we should've expected. But still, here we are. A step below the upper echelon, the question is whether if they can get there without starting over from scratch.|
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|This game. This series. This season. This era of Sixers basketball. I feel like it might have all come to an end tonight with Rajon Rondo hitting a pair of jump shots he has no business even taking. Thanks to the Sixers for putting up one hell of a fight. Sorry it had to end.|
|Cartier Martin. Austin Daye. Ray Allen. John Wall. Kevin Love. Tony Parker. Dirk Nowitzki. Kevin Garnett. Each of those names, and several others, represents a heart-breaking loss the Sixers suffered over the past couple seasons. Each of those losses was a lesson. A lesson that has prepared the Sixers for these playoffs. For this game. Now it's time to go out there and take it.|
|Do or die, part one. The Sixers did. On a night when the Sixers went through just a gruesome lull on the offensive end, they put together 48 minutes of the toughest defense you'll ever see to put the Celtics to bed 82-75 and send the series back to Boston for a decisive game seven. (game capsule)|