With the Sixers being obvious "sellers" this season, I've recently looked into the potential "buyers" around the league and their current draft pick situation, so i can figure out which teams could be interested in the Sixers ready-to-be-traded players AND have the assets to pull something off. Obviously, the best assets the Sixers can acquire right now are 2014 first round draft picks, so this list ONLY focuses on them (in some cases teams might have trade eligible picks in the years the Sixers probably won't be rebuilding - 2016 and beyond). So here's a list of potential suitors, separated into 2 tiers (contenders and teams that want to make the playoffs i.e. wannabe contenders), and what they have to offer in terms of picks:
*note: In the following list, when i say draft picks i mean first round draft picks. The protections are in parenthesis.
**note: Teams cannot owe first round draft picks in consecutive years. Some teams have their own 2014 picks, but can't trade them before July 1st, because they owe their 2015 picks.
Tier 1 - Contenders (teams that might consider adding a valuable player to help them in the playoffs):
Heat - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Pacers - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Nets - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Bulls - They have their own 2014 pick and Charlotte's 2014 pick (10).
Spurs - They have their own picks, but value low first round picks highly.
Thunder - Own + Dallas (20). Put very high value on draft picks and with potential tax issues are unlikely to give up a rookie contract for a bigger one. They would like to get rid of Perkins though.
Rockets - Has their own pick. Will probably be trying to upgrade the PF position by trading Asik + assets.
Clippers - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Warriors - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Grizzlies - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Tier 2 - Wannabe contenders (teams that could be tricked into thinking that they are one player away of making the playoffs/joining the elite teams):
Knicks - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Wizards - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Pistons - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Bucks - Has their own picks. What they might do is anyone's guess with their owner demanding playoffs, while the GM prefers developing through the draft.
Hawks - They have their own picks, but have started a rebuild of their own (sort off). Unknown if they will be willing to trade draft picks.
Cavaliers - Own + Sacramento (12). They don't want to add long term salary.
Bobcats - Own 2014 draft picks from Portland (12) and Detroit (8). Owe their own top 10 protected 2014 pick.
Timberwolves - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Trail Blazers - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Lakers - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Pelicans - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Mavericks - No draft picks eligible to be traded.
Essentially all of the aforementioned teams are the non-tankers. The tankers and the teams that will inevitably become tankers soon are: Sixers, Magic, Raptors, Celtics, Suns, Jazz, Kings, Nuggets. I assume, these teams want to keep their draft picks and i view them as highly unlikely to be suitors for Young, Turner and Hawes.
Just looking at the list, the problem the Sixers face is obvious. The list of potential buyers is very small. The entire list of potential suitors is: Chicago, San Antonio, OKC, Houston, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Cleveland, Charlotte. And that's it. 8 teams, most of which have traditionally valued their picks very highly. It's obviously a buyer's market and the Sixers might find themselves in a tight spot. Hopefully, Hinkie will manage to do some magic and acquire another pick or two with Young, Turner, Hawes and the copious amount of cap space the Sixers have. Meanwhile, light up the trade machines and send Thad to Houston, Hawes to OKC, Turner to Charlotte and help Chicago get under the tax.