Sixers look at five prospects

Lavoy Allen, here shooting a foul shot during a Temple practice in March, worked out for the 76ers on Sunday.
Lavoy Allen, here shooting a foul shot during a Temple practice in March, worked out for the 76ers on Sunday. (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer)
Posted: June 20, 2011

Toward the end of Sunday's predraft workout, Paris Horne went up to dunk the ball and came down with the rim.

Horne was one of four prospects working out for the 76ers at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

"I went up and dunked, and the next time I looked it was on the floor," Horne said of the rim. "They were pretty excited, surprised. We just walked down to the other end and kept working out."

Horne said that "hopefully" taking down the rim would stick in the team's mind.

Horne, a guard, was joined in the workout by guard DeAndre Liggins (Kentucky) and big men Josh Harrellson (Kentucky) and Lavoy Allen (Temple). Sunday's workout was Allen's second with the Sixers. None of the prospects are expected to be drafted during Thursday's 2011 NBA draft, although one or two could sneak into the second round.

The Sixers hold the No. 16 and No. 50 picks in the draft.

"I'm sure this was a last-minute thing," Allen said of getting called back a second time. "I wasn't expecting it. I'm not sure if maybe someone dropped out and they needed a replacement. I live in the area, and I was back home."

Sunday's workout was Allen's fourth consecutive: He'd just returned to Philly after workouts with the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Allen said that certain teams have told him he is capable of playing in the NBA.

"It's very unpredictable, the draft, so I'm just hoping to get drafted," Allen said. "I tried my best and competed in every workout, and I think I did a good job."

If his name isn't called on Thursday, Allen said that hopefully he'll get a call to join a team's training camp or perhaps play overseas.

Solo workout. On Monday, the Sixers will host Donatas Motiejunas, a 6-foot-11 prospect out of Lithuania. Motiejunas is projected to be a first-round draft pick. He will work out solo.

Sale update. Comcast-Spectacor is still in serious discussions to sell the team to a group of investors led by New York billionaire Joshua Harris. Comcast-Spectacor owner Ed Snider is expected to sell 90 percent of the Sixers to Harris' group for an estimated $280 million.

The deal, which has many obstacles because of the magnitude of the transaction, is creeping closer toward completion and is expected to be completed in the near future.


Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at kfagan@phillynews.com or @DeepSixer3 on Twitter. Read her blog, "Deep Sixer," at http://go.philly.com/dsix

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