Final 2015 NBA Trade Deadline Shopping List for the Philadelphia 76ers

Zachary Arthur@Zach_ArthurSLCCorrespondent IIFebruary 17, 2015

Anybody seems like they could be end up being traded at this point.
Anybody seems like they could be end up being traded at this point.Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images

Milk? Check. Eggs? Check. NBA trade deadline? Coming on February 19.

Examining the final shopping list for the Philadelphia 76ers is incredibly important as the crucial date approaches.

And the Sixers will likely find themselves in a unique situation this year. There's a significant contrast between last year and the 2014-15 season.

Philly was one of the most active teams during the 2013-14 deadline, as it successfully moved players like Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes. Each carried a solid amount of value and was likely on the way out of Philadelphia sooner rather than later.

The Sixers are currently so bad that they don't have the same kind of important targets. It's going to make completing any kind of major deal incredibly difficult. This will likely lead to a number of smaller trades that won't seem to make much of a difference now yet could potentially pay off down the road.

It will certainly make for an interesting day.

There isn't much like the NBA trade deadline.

Philadelphia is definitely in a stranger situation this season, but don't expect to see the Sixers fail to make deals as long as general manager Sam Hinkie is still in charge.

Here's a look at the franchise's final shopping list for the February 19 deadline.

Hinkie always seems to have something up his sleeve.
Hinkie always seems to have something up his sleeve.Matt Slocum/Associated Press/Associated Press

 

Future Veteran Leader

One of the hardest tasks in sports is finding a veteran who is able to be both a contributor and leader for a number of years.

It's uncommon for a current player to evolve into someone who's capable of being that guy. Finding people like Tim Duncan or Kobe Bryant—superstars who stay with one team throughout their entire career—are rare commodities in today's NBA game. The league is largely driven by more money and larger markets, which makes it difficult for a player's organizational longevity.

Look at the Sixers' history with securing big-name targets who have been in the league for a number of years, and the results are far from great.

Let's look at Chris Webber as a perfect example.

Philadelphia traded for him during the 2004-05 season in hopes of getting more talent in order to keep Allen Iverson happy. The result? Webber was in Philly for one whole year, and Iverson ended up being moved to the Denver Nuggets at the beginning of 2006-07 season.

The Sixers have a serious chance at making a deep playoff run in about three or four years. Finding a veteran who can mentor the younger players while making a difference on the floor will be incredibly crucial to what the team's trying to accomplish.

Thompson could be a valuable veteran for some of Philadelphia's younger big men.
Thompson could be a valuable veteran for some of Philadelphia's younger big men.Rocky Widner/Getty Images

Two players to keep an eye on are Jason Thompson of the Sacramento Kings and the NuggetsArron Afflalo. They're both in their late 20s, which would suggest they still have some good basketball left in them. They also have at least seven years of experience under their belts, so both have definitely seen some things in the league.

Going after professionals like these two needs to definitely be at the top of the Sixers' list.

 

Young Talent That Isn't Getting It Done for Its Current Team

There's almost nothing worse than having a young prospect with loads of potential struggle through his first couple of years in the league.

It presents the franchise with a difficult question: Should we keep him in hopes that he'll one day live up to his promise or move him while he carries a limited value?

The decision can propel a team forward or hold it back for quite some time. 

Philadelphia should be one of the NBA's first teams to hop on these kinds of opportunities. There's significantly less risk for the team trying to acquire the player, yet the reward can be huge.

We don't have to look far in order to see how this kind of situation has a way of playing out.

The Sixers selected Nikola Vucevic with the No. 16 pick in the 2011 draft. He averaged 5.5 points and 4.8 rebounds during the 50 games of his rookie season and was traded to the Orlando Magic shortly after. Vucevic was looked at as a young prospect, and it seemed like a good call since Philadelphia was getting Andrew Bynum as part of a four-team deal in return. This specific transaction was essentially a low-risk move for the Magic.

It has since reaped incredible rewards.

Vucevic is currently averaging 19.6 points and 11.3 rebounds in his third season with the Magic. He has become one of Orlando's cornerstones and made the Sixers look like fools in the process.

Lamb would get immediate minutes in Philadelphia and have a chance to expand his game.
Lamb would get immediate minutes in Philadelphia and have a chance to expand his game.Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press/Associated Press

An ideal candidate for Philly to target in this kind of situation would be the Oklahoma City Thunder's Jeremy Lamb. He's in his third NBA season and was selected in the lottery based off his offensive game and athleticism. Lamb hasn't lived up to the expectations generally associated with being the No. 12 pick. His 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game doesn't come off as sounding like a potential franchise player.

Still though, he is only 22 years old.

Flashes of progress are clearly not enough to convince the Thunder of what he can become. Let's give the Sixers a shot and see what happens.

 

2015 or 2016 Draft Picks

Here is an area that the Sixers know all too well. 

Hinkie is only in his second season with the Sixers but has still made two things abundantly clear: He is fully invested in tanking, and he loves draft picks more than anything else.

Philadelphia was easily the most active team in the 2014 NBA draft and ended up selecting seven different players. The Sixers were then able to make deals during and after in order to keep who they wanted and deal who they didn't.

The team used last year's deadline as a ridiculous tool to get so many picks, and it's very likely that it'll do the same this year.

The name of this game is second-rounders, though.

Acquiring a first-round selection is nice and all, but the asking price for one is almost always too high. Organizations trade second-round picks away like basketball cards, so there's a much better chance of stockpiling large numbers of them.

Look out for Philadelphia to mix it up with a team like the Boston Celtics. Boston could combine to have 13 different picks in the 2015 and 2016 drafts. Eight of them would fall in the second round, which gives the Celtics a lot of flexibility in terms of being able to offer them in a trade.

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