Turner, Favors or trade? 76ers sort out draft

Posted: June 21, 2010

Since landing the No. 2 pick for Thursday's draft a month ago in the NBA lottery, the 76ers have been hard at work.

The franchise hired Doug Collins as its coach. The Sixers scouted and interviewed draft prospects at the NBA draft combine in Chicago.

In the last week, they brought in Ohio State's Evan Turner, Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors, Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins, and Syracuse's Wesley Johnson, all of whom are considered possible top-five picks. They also brought in Temple's Ryan Brooks and Villanova's Reggie Redding for predraft workouts.

So what's next?

"Continue to watch tape," Collins said. ". . . Then you sort of go in and start talking through things with guys like, 'Why do you like this guy? What do you like about him? How does he fit in?'

"And then you try to pay attention to what's going on in the league . . . with who's doing what with all the scuttlebutts and that kind of stuff."

Exploring all their options, the Sixers will continue to listen to trade offers from teams looking to move up in the draft.

But the Sixers are expected to keep the second pick and use it on Turner, a 6-foot-7 junior guard. The expectation is that Washington will use the No. 1 overall pick on John Wall, the Kentucky guard.

However, there have been reports that the Sixers have been deciding whether to select Favors, a 6-10 power forward, instead.

ESPN.com's Chad Ford said Sixers' president and general manager Ed Stefanski is a Turner fan, while Collins is high on Favors.

"The beauty of this time of year, what I love, is the perception that well maybe one of you guys like somebody better than the other," the coach said of the report. "So is there going to be conflict? Nah, no, no. That's not about that. Let's get in a room and let's talk, because it's great when we all have different opinions."

Collins added that he and Stefanski are on the same page about what they need to accomplish.

"We feel good about that," he said.

Contact staff writer Keith Pompey at 610-313-8029

or kpompey@phillynews.com.

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