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Sixers acquire four second-round picks in two deals

by Max Rappaport, Sixers.com
Posted: February 20, 2014

On the eve of Thursday’s 3pm trade deadline, the Sixers completed a pair of deals that netted forward Earl Clark, center Henry Sims, point guard Eric Maynor, and four future second-round draft picks. In exchange, Philadelphia sent center Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“Over my years, [second-round picks] are important,” said Sixers head coach Brett Brown Thursday. “Any time you can acquire chips, it’s important.”

And acquiring chips is exactly what the Sixers have done over the past nine months, with the team now potentially holding seven total draft picks in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft, including five in the second round.

In addition to their own first- and second-round picks in June’s draft, the Sixers own the rights to New Orleans’ first-round pick (top-five protected), Houston’s second-round pick, Brooklyn’s second-round pick, and now the Cavaliers’ second-round pick, and the Memphis Grizzlies’ second-round pick. 

As part of their involvement in a three-way trade with the Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets, the team also acquired a 2015 second-rounder from New Orleans and a 2016 second-rounder from Denver. 

More On The Three Additions

Clark (6’10”, 225 lbs), drafted 15th overall out of Louisville in 2009, began his career with the Phoenix Suns and made stops in Orlando and Los Angeles (Lakers) before signing with the Cavaliers last summer. The 6’10” forward is averaging 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game in 2013-14; he’s started 17 games for Cleveland this season. 

Sims (6’10”, 245 lbs), who went undrafted out of Georgetown in 2012, has appeared in 20 games as a reserve for the Cavaliers this season, averaging 2.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 8.4 minutes per game.  

Maynor (6’3”, 175 lbs) was the 20th overall pick in the 2009 draft and has appeared in 259 games since then, posting career averages of 4.3 points and 2.9 assists in 14.6 minutes per game. He played four years collegiately at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).