The Philadelphia 76ers rebuilding effort just doesn't seem to ever stop.
The Sixers drafted Michael Carter-Williams who became a decent starting point guard in the NBA and won the Rookie of the Year, but decided to trade him to the Milwaukee Bucks for a conditional future first round pick that they didn't get this year.
Then there is Joel Embiid, the Cameroonian big man who had buckets of potential but suffered a very serious injury, which Philly knew would keep him out for the entire 2014/15 season. Well it seems that injury could now keep him out for another entire season! Meanwhile, Dario Saric is still in Europe, and the Sixers can't afford his buyout to bring him to the NBA.
It seems that this has put one top draft star completely off the prospect of playing in Philadelphia; for a Sam Hinkie-run franchise that cares more for second round picks than wins on the board.
According to a report from Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, talented point guard D'Angelo Russell is apparently unsure about the prospect of playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, despite their need for a point guard.
"But the buzz around the NBA is that D’Angelo Russell, a 6-5 point guard from Ohio State whom many see as a lesser Stephen Curry-type, doesn’t want to play for the unpredictable 76ers. Russell did work out for the 76ers last week," Turner said.
The way Philadelphia bailed on Carter-Williams midway through his second season was alarming from a player perspective, and the fact that the roster is stuffed with D-League level players is not exactly enticing.
However, this could all easily be a whole lot of nothing. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express tweeted out that he thinks Russell would love to play in Philly, after a very good workout and meeting with the team.
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