You know how the Sixers have salary cap flexibility and could use that to acquire players on salary dumps? Well - the Sixers just used a whole lot of it to get a prospect they were long-rumored to have coveted, and is option number 6 on our post here. The Sixers acquired Nik Stauskas at a hefty (on the surface) cost. Via Adrian Wojnarowski:
Sacramento is trading Jason Thompson and Carl Landry as part of a salary dump to the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2015
The Kings are sending Nik Stauskus to the 76ers as part of the deal too, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2015
Sources: 76ers sending the rights of oveseas players to Kings. Philly wanted Stauskas and will take on Thompson/Landry salaries.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2015
No word on the international player as of yet. Jason Thompson and Carl Landry combine for about $13 million in salary for the upcoming season and play as bigs, which makes you wonder if either will be around for long. Thompson is a Camden native.
Stauskas struggled in his rookie season for a dysfunctional Kings team but was the eighth overall pick in a deep draft (though, admittedly, that was higher than most projections. We'll have more on this soon, but let's welcome Sauce Castillo to Philly.
ZACH LOWE UPDATE:
There might be more to the deal.
Hearing the Sixers have also acquired the rights to at least one Sacto draft pick in this trade. Digging further.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 2, 2015
UPDATE 2: Good Lord What Has Hinkie Done
Sixers will receive a protected 1st-round pick from the Kings, and swap rights w/ Sacto in the 1st round of two other drafts, sources say.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 2, 2015