Sport NBA draft news gives Sixers added power in Kawhi Leonard trade talks

23:26  11 july  2018
23:26  11 july  2018 Source:   sixerswire.usatoday.com

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The Philadelphia 76ers already had the ability to put together one of the most intriguing all-around trade packages for star forward Kawhi Leonard, but their assets may have gotten a bit stronger this week.

As NBA.com revealed, commissioner Adam Silver is on the verge of eliminating the one-and-done rule, which would allow high school players to jump straight to the NBA.

"I'm not here to say we have a problem," Silver said. "And I love where the league is right now. But I think we can create a better system."

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"My personal view is that we're ready to make that change," Silver said. "It won't come immediately. But when I've weighed the pros and cons, given that Condoleezza Rice and her commission have recommended to the NBA that those one-and-done players now come directly into the league and in essence the college community is saying `We do not want those players anymore,' I think that tips the scale in my mind."

The key, though? The fact that this new plan should be in place for the 2021 draft, which is big for Philly.

As things currently stand, the Sixers hold six picks in that draft, including Miami's 2021 first-round selection, which they acquired in a draft-day trade with the Phoenix Suns.

Essentially, any trade offers the Sixers have put on the table to the San Antonio Spurs involving that 2021 first-round pick just gained additional value. Also, each of their four selections in the second round will be worth quite a bit more, as 2021 will likely be a "double draft" featuring high school prospects and all the regular college talent.

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Assuming the Spurs are interested in future draft picks and not locked on one or two specific players, the Sixers' path to landing Leonard via trade may have just gotten a bit less rocky.

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Sit out another season with his injured quad and even the Lakers would be slow to offer a max contract.Leonard did not like this.

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