On draft night in June 2012, the Sixers selected Maurice Harkless with the 15th overall pick. The team was high on Mississippi State forward Arnett Moultrie, who was selected 27th overall by the Miami Heat. The Sixers jumped on the opportunity to acquire him and sent Justin hamilton and a lottery-protected future first-round pick to Miami for Moultrie's services.
This is where it gets really interesting. The Sixers selected in the lottery last year when they picked Michael Carter-Williams 11th overall. The team, currently sitting at 15-40, will all but certainly be selecting in the lottery this year which is bad news for Miami. If the Sixers are still selecting in the lottery next season, the Sixers would owe Miami two second-round picks instead of a first-round pick.
CSN Philly's John Gonzalez points out the Sixers jumping in on the Wizards - Nuggets trade protects them from any future fallout from the Moultrie deal. The Sixers took on Eric Maynor's contract and gave up a protected second-round pick while receiving the Pelican's second-round pick in 2015 and the Nuggets second-round pick in 2016. Essentially, those picks can go to Miami if the Sixers draft in the lottery next year.
Sounds like a win-win to me. Another fine job by Sam Hinkie.
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