Sammy trade affects Brand most

Posted: June 18, 2010

New 76ers coach Doug Collins said Thursday's trade of Samuel Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings changed the team dynamic for Elton Brand.

Dalembert, a 6-foot-11 center was sent to the Kings for 7-1 center Spencer Hawes and 6-7 combo forward Andres Nocioni, pending physicals.

"I was thinking I had to play Elton Brand strictly as a five [center], because I just didn't think he and Sam played well together," Collins said Friday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "Now, I feel Elton can play with Hawes. I think he can play with [Marreese] Speights. So it changes the dynamics of that."

Collins added that the trade gives the Sixers a bigger lineup that he's more comfortable with.

But did the trade change the Sixers' thinking about next week's NBA draft? Prior to Thursday, the team was expected to take Ohio State's Evan Turner with the No. 2 overall pick.

"No. Not really," Collins said, "because at the end of the day, we will get together and we will pow-wow and figure out who's the best guy, who's the best player. Who can we come in and say, 'We can pencil that guy in our lineup for seven, eight, nine years and we know they are going to be here and be good players?'"

The Sixers worked out Georgia Tech power forward Derrick Favors, Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins, Temple guard Ryan Brooks and Villanova guard Reggie Redding Friday. It marked the second consecutive day that Brooks and Redding worked out for the team. Syracuse swingman Wesley Johnson will work out for the team Saturday.

Favors or Cousins could go No. 2 to the Sixers if the team doesn't select Turner.

The Washington Wizards have the No. 1 pick in the draft and are expected to select Kentucky point guard John Wall. The Nets have the No. 3 pick and are said to be leaning toward Favors. He and Cousins will work out for New Jersey on Monday.

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