Thorn says Sixers will be ready for anything come draft time

Posted: June 22, 2011

WHILE 76ERS coach Doug Collins and the rest of the 76ers brass have been kind of quiet this offseason, president Rod Thorn spent close to 20 minutes with the media yesterday at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and spoke openly about a plethora of topics heading into tomorrow's NBA draft in which the Sixers hold the 16th and 50th picks.

* On how the draft preparation has gone and how active the offseason has been:

"We're talking to all the teams in the league about different things and trying to figure out who they are going to take to give us some indication who may be available when we pick. It's an ongoing process, because it's very changeable. In this draft in particular, because after the first three picks, it's pretty wide open as to where people are going to go. So you maybe prepare for a lot of different scenarios. That's what we're trying to do.

"If there's some sort of trade that maybe we could get another player and move up, we would be interested in something like that. Just to move up, I don't know that we're that interested in that. It's too hard to tell [if they are going to make a deal]. We've had conversations with everybody over the course of the last 3 weeks. We've had some meaningful conversations and some not so meaningful conversations. But as of right now, we don't have anything that is imminent. But we keep having conversations, so we'll have to see."

* On whether those conversations mostly concern trading Andre Iguodala:

"I would not say that. Obviously, with all the speculation, there have been some conversations that have involved him. We've had conversations that have involved other players on our team, too. I wouldn't say that we initiate the majority of the conversations [about Iguodala], but maybe some of them.

"I talked to Andre about 3 weeks ago. He's used to the speculation. In my time here in less than a year, there's been a lot of speculation regarding him. He's a pro; I think it's part of the business.

"He's always said that he would like to stay. He's never said he'd like to be traded. Not to me."

* On whether the team is set on trying to get a big man with the 16th pick:

"That's one of the things that we're definitely looking at, a big man, a power forward or a center type. But we also, in our estimation, need an outside shooter, so that's something that we're looking at. So to say that we're going to pick big, there's a good chance that we will, but we also may not.

"We feel that we can get a player at 16 that can help us, hopefully play in a rotation. I'm not saying next year, but hopefully who can be a rotation player for us. We think in this draft there aren't a lot of players who can be real stars, but there is a lot of role, rotation-type players. Where we are, that's what we're looking for. We think that we'll have two or three guys who will get to us who will be potentially good players."

* On how the potential sale by Comcast-Spectacor has affected the team:

"It really doesn't alter anything. We operate under the [premise] of business as usual. I'm sure if and when the sale is completed that if there is a new ownership, every owner has his own way as to how they deal with their basketball people, so we'll have to see how that goes. But right now, we're operating the way we normally do. I've had a couple conversations with the various members of the potentially new group. Basically, it's business as usual. They have questions about how we do things, why we do things, what we think of our personnel, what we think we need, those type information-type questions.

"At this point, that's not being divulged as to exactly as to how they stand or how they will operate. Until they actually take over, there isn't a lot to do or say about that. It's just a fact-finding type of mission, where they want to see how we think about things, and they haven't really unveiled any plans that they might have."

* On how the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement at midnight on June 30 has hindered offseason business:

"I think teams are more cautious maybe than normal, because of what may or may not happen. We are not allowed to talk about that, other than to say the commissioner has done a great job, and I'm sure he will here, too. I do think that team's are more cautious."

* On what the plan is for Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes, who are restricted free agents:

"We have an idea of what we think the marketplace is, but there's always a negotiation. Players and agents tend to think they are at one level economically, and teams seem to think that maybe they're at another. There's always give and take there, but when the time comes, we certainly will do what we feel we should do to try and sign both of them."

Six shots

The Sixers finished their predraft workouts yesterday by looking at Purdue's Jajuan Johnson and Guy-Marc Michel from France, both 6-10 centers . . . Assistant coach Quin Snyder has interviewed with the Los Angeles Lakers for the same position there. Rod Thorn said nothing had been finalized, but did say of Snyder: "He did a really good job for us. I wish him well; he's a good coach. He may be leaving." *

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