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Wanted in Philly: 6-foot-8 and above


08:09 AM ET 05.24 | Draft prospects may have to measure 80 inches to enter the Sixers' park. Per NBA rules, teams were allowed to interview 18 of the players who participated in the NBA predraft combine. The 76ers did their due diligence, speaking with 18 of the players they could be interested in when they pick at No. 16 during the NBA draft on June 23. Unless there is a move before the draft, such as Andre Iguodala being dealt and a good big man being acquired in exchange, a source close to the team said they will not be looking at anyone "under 6-foot-8. We need a big." That is the first priority for coach Doug Collins, president Rod Thorn and general manager Ed Stefanski.

Philadelphia Daily News

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May 24, 2011  08:14 AM ET

Thats why the Iggy for Kaman trade would work out....

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May 24, 2011  08:30 AM ET

Just send Andre to Cleveland or Knicks.

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May 24, 2011  09:22 AM ET

Is size all that matters, Bros?

May 24, 2011  09:56 AM ET

6'8" is a big now in the NBA?

May 24, 2011  10:04 AM ET

Averaging a near double double a game is not motivated?How many centers in the league can't average 5 rebounds?Or 5 points for that matter?

i'm not saying who's right or wrong, but Philly did improve this year without him while Sacramento didn't with him...maybe he's just one of those guys who puts up numbers that don't really matter (the rebounding Corey Maggette?)

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May 24, 2011  10:14 AM ET

I never watched him play regularly.....but some sixer fans have said it was addition by subtractio, that he wasn't the most motivated fellow

I agree he was an underachiever, but they should have addressed size before they moved him. They should be looking for 6'10" or taller. They haven't been good inside since they had MacCulloch, Hill (Tyrone), Gieger, Mutombo, Ratliff (Theo), Kukoc, and Nazr Mohammed. They didn't have the best big man that year, but they dominated the east with 2 legit and 5 servicable, though "long in the tooth" bigs and made it to the finals where they lost to Shaq and the Lakers. The biggest loss was MacCulloch, who was a little pudgy, but had soft hands, very good footwork, a good mid range shot and size. They were a different team without him and it was a shame his career was cut short by problems with his feet.

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May 24, 2011  12:39 PM ET

Will you settle for RJ?

May 24, 2011  01:07 PM ET

They should take the best talent available. reaching based on need is a good way to draft a bust


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