Although the trade rumor mill went quiet towards the end of last month, Sam Hinkie’s phone line was apparently still buzzing.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Source: 8 teams called the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Sixers&src=hash">#Sixers</a> to discuss trades in January. Also, Philadelphia has shifted interest to acquiring a 2015 1st Rd Pick.</p>— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) <a href="https://twitter.com/JakeLFischer/statuses/429687165942247424">February 1, 2014</a></blockquote>
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A source close to the Sixers has told Liberty Ballers that eight teams called the Philadelphia front office to discuss various trades involving Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes during the month of January. Further, the source said that the Sixers have now firmly shifted their focus towards receiving one or multiple 2015 first round picks.
2014 NBA Draft
2014 NBA Draft
The source did not disclose the specific teams or packages that were discussed, but this information does point towards the likelihood that the Sixers will pull the trigger on a deal or two prior to the February 20 trade deadline.
Acquiring an extra 2015 first round pick or two is certainly of interest to the Sixers. While the number of 2014 first round picks that are available to be traded is low, Philadelphia also could be at risk of yielding its own 2015 first round pick to the Boston Celtics if the Sixers make the playoffs next season. That scenario seems realistic given the current weak state of the Eastern Conference and the Sixers’ potential to add two lottery picks to their roster this summer.
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