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Sam Hinkie Press Conference

NBPA investigating 76ers over salary distributions, cap floor and contract loopholes


The National Basketball Players Association is investigating the 76ers.

Over what?

Shams Charania of RealGM:

The NBPA told agents in a meeting on Monday that it will actively look into the 76ers’ handling of the CBA, such as salary distributions, the cap floor and contract format loopholes. For the NBPA, Philadelphia’s approach over the past several seasons may not be a technical violation of collective bargaining as much as it is one of the spirit of negotiating under the CBA.

An NBPA spokesperson confirmed Tuesday the union’s plan to pursue the 76ers’ issue if there is a violation found.

I’m not sure what “salary distributions,” means but it could be related to distributing money under the salary floor to players. That’s the penalty for failing to reach the floor – paying your players the shortfall.

But the 76ers didn’t fall below the floor. They used a loophole by claiming Thomas Robinson off waivers. They paid Robinson the partial salary he was due the rest of the season and counted his full-season salary toward the floor, as mandated by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The CBA also handles player contracts, including rookie tenders. To keep the rights to a second-round pick, a team must offer him a one-year contract (in effect, unguaranteed for the minimum salary). Philadelphia has wisely simultaneously offered four-year deals with unguaranteed seasons tacked on the end. Those deals give the player guaranteed money up front in exchange for team-friendly terms on the back end. But a player always has the option of taking his required tender, as K.J. McDaniels did.

These strategies probably bother the players and their agents. That’s reasonable.

But the solution is not trumped-up charges against the 76ers. It’s changing the language of the CBA when it ends.

Report: Boston offered Marcus Smart as part of package for No. 3 pick, Philly said no thanks

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

If you’re looking for a couple of teams you can expect to be active on draft night, start with Denver and Boston.

Denver has been dragged into the DeMarcus Cousins sinkhole, but the Celtics are circling that situation and would be interested if the Kings’ owner decides to move him.

But that’s not all the Celtics are doing, they tried to move up to the No. 3 pick, reports Broderick Turner at the Los Angeles Times. It just didn’t work.

The executives said the Celtics were looking to trade point guard Marcus Smart and the Nos. 16 and 28 picks in the first round to Philadelphia for center/forward Nerlens Noel and the No. 3 pick. But the 76ers, the executives said, weren’t interested.

I wouldn’t be either. Now, Smart and the 16 for just the three, maybe I listen if I’m in Philadelphia, at least until I remember I can draft D’Angelo Russell with the three, and he’s better than Smart. But I’m not moving the No. 3 and Noel for Smart, essentially.

One thing to remember, the offers that were made last week and over the weekend are the first part of the negotiations. Most of the time the talks wither and die, but occasionally the sides find some common ground and things get serious.

Still, nobody makes their best offer early; it will be Thursday night before anyone shows their cards — for example, what Boston would surrender for the No. 3 pick, and what the Sixers would take to move it. Most likely the talks between these teams are dead.

Then comes the Kincks with the No. 4 pick and… watch out.

Report: Willie Cauley-Stein slides down draft boards due to concerns about old foot injury

Willie Cauley-Stein

Foot injuries with big men scares teams — these can be lingering, chronic things that limit players in some cases. The concerns about Joel Embiid with Philadelphia is just the latest in a long line of issues.

Which is why concerns about a foot issue with Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein may have him sliding down draft boards, at least a few slots. Maybe even out of the Top 10 altogether.

The well connected Jonathan Givony broke it down at Draft Express.

Cauley-Stein suffered a stress fracture in his ankle on March 28th of 2014 in Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament victory over Louisville, and had a pin inserted via surgery to repair what Cauley-Stein described then as a “cracked bone or a stress fracture.”…

Five separate NBA teams we spoke with all indicated varying degrees of concern after consulting with their team doctors this week, with some saying it may cost the Kentucky big man a few spots on draft night. “There is some maintenance that needs to be done there, as it’s not completely clear whether the injury healed in a proper way. The pin that was inserted is supposed to be sitting at a 90 degree angle, but instead it’s at 45 degrees. That, plus some question marks about his background that came up could cause him to drop a few slots.”

Of course, his agent played down the issue with the foot. Cauley-Stein did come back to Kentucky after the surgery and played a full season not missing a game, being a defensive force for one of the nation’s top teams.

Yet, NBA teams are cautious when it comes to investing their money in a player. One of Cauley-Stein’s best assets is his athleticism, something that could be limited if this is a chronic foot issue. He’s being drafted in the lottery because of his defense — he’s a 7-footer who can show out off a pick and switch onto a guard without losing a beat. That is valuable in today’s NBA. His offense is raw, but he can find ways to score with hustle points while he develops a jumper.

He has been reported to be taken everywhere from the Magic at No. 5 — which now seems unlikely — to the Pacers at No. 11 (that Indiana would consider speaks to how things have deteriorated between the team and Roy Hibbert). It now looks like that late lottery slot may be the more likely landing spot, in part due to teams above that not looking to fill the role Cauley-Stein would play.

D’Angelo Russell says he would like to be a Laker

NBA Draft Prospects Workout 2015

What does it take to get an agent to see marketing dollars floating around his head? Have a client near the top of the NBA Draft board, and have the nation’s two biggest markets — Los Angeles and New York — each with top four picks. That’s the Lakers and Knicks, two teams each with a massive, passionate fan base. From there it’s easy to see endorsement potential.

DeAngelo Russell seems poised to fall between the two big cities — the Lakers at No. 2 are expected to take Jahlil Okafor of Duke (Karl-Anthony Towns will go No. 1 to Minnesota). The Sixers are rumored to be leaning toward taking Russell at No. 3, right before the Knicks pick at No. 4 — and the Knicks like Russell. They’ll take him if he’s there, it’s just likely he’s not.

On Monday, Russell made his case to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports why the Lakers should take him at No. 2.

“If I were to go to the Lakers, I wouldn’t want anybody to hand me anything,” Russell told Yahoo Sports. “I wouldn’t expect Kobe to take me under his wing. I think he will want to see a resemblance of that hunger and fire that he came into the league with as a young kid. No one needs to be nicest guy in the world, or needs to pretend to be that. He will see through that, pick all that apart.

“I’ve got to be me.”

Russell would fit with the Lakers. He’d fit just about anywhere. He knows how to score — 19.3 points a game, shoots 41 percent from three — plus is a gifted passer with phenomenal court vision. He’s a good athlete and can defend. There is a lot to like.

It’s easy to see a fit in Philadelphia, where Russell has said he’d be willing to play. Russell could be making passes to (a hopefully healthy) Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel for a decade. But Russell sees a fit with the Lakers and their history, too.

“I want to work for it,” Russell told Yahoo Sports. “I know I can earn it. I am not Magic Johnson and I’m not 6-9, but I am 6-5 and it gives me an advantage to see over the smaller guards. Watching Magic, you learned to turn your back, put the guards on your hip and then dice up the defense.”


Russell can make his case, but he should know the Lakers are strongly leaning toward Okafor at No. 2 (and no, they are not trading the pick).

What Russell will find in Philadelphia is a passionate fan base that understands and appreciates hard work. They expect a lot and can make it a tough place to lose, but there are few places like it if you win.

New report says D’Angelo Russell would be just fine playing in Philadelphia

D'Angelo Russell, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

First came D’Angelo Russell missing a workout with the Sixers because he was “sick.” Clearly this was him trying to avoid going to Philadelphia… until he showed up for a rescheduled workout and killed it.

Then came the report that Russell doesn’t want to play in Philadelphia.

You had to know the counter to that report was coming, and it did from an incredibly reliable source — Jonathan Givony of Draft Express.

I know most fans in Philly want to see the team draft Russell because the impressive point guard out of Ohio State — a guy who can score but also has great court vision and passing skills — fits well on paper with a front line of Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and, eventually, Dario Saric. I also know that having Sam Hinkie as your GM means a flood of rumors and reports, including reliable ones that Hinkie is seriously considering drafting seven-foot, sweet-shooting Euro Kristaps Porzingis.

As for the Russell rumors…

Two outside forces are at play here. First, the New York Knicks would love Russell to fall to them — if that happens, they keep the pick and take him. (The Knicks also would love Jahlil Okafor to fall to them, that’s not happening.) So if the Knicks can float rumors that make it less likely Philly takes Russell, why wouldn’t they do it? Second, Russell’s agent knows the marketing potential of his client landing in NYC, and he’d be far from the first agent to try and steer his client toward a major market in the draft.

All that said, none of it matters — if Hinkie and the Sixers decide Russell is their man, they can take him, and he basically has to play there. This isn’t the NFL where a top draft pick can Eli Manning his way to New York. If the Sixers draft Russell, he’ll go (unless he wants to sit out all basketball for a year, re-enter the draft, and then again be at the mercy of franchises he may not wish to play for).

The ball is in the Sixers court; they just may take that ball and go play in Europe.