When the Miami Heat were on the clock with the 27th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Doug Collins called up Pat Riley and co. and offered the Philadelphia 76ers' lottery-protected 2014 first round pick in exchange for Arnett Moultrie's draft rights if Miami selected him.
It's odd. The closer we get to the draft, the more I worry about things other than getting the #1 or #2 pick. That's completely left up to chance (unless you buy some of the conspiracy theories), and whether or not the top players declare and are there to be drafted. It's out of the Sixers' hands in those regards. It would suck ass if the tank was destroyed due to chance, but thems the breaks.
What concerns me more is if Hinkie has the wherewithal to select the right players if the Sixers aren't in the best of position with their picks (Pelican's have less than 1% chance of winning the lottery, but probably something like 5% to get top 3, so that's something to be aware of). For now, I have confidence him him. He seemed to do well last year by trading away Holiday for the Pelican's pick this year AND Noel, as well as grabbing the probable ROY in MCW, but can he come back with another draft if the ping pong balls don't fall their way?
He'll probably be consensus number 1 next year... The strong draft hurts a guy like parker where he could fall to 4 or 5 and not get that #1 money...
Joakim Noah was the consensus #1 pick when he went back too and he fell to #9. Did he get worse? No, he just got overexposed. Scouts and GMs love the new shiny toy. Whether he falls to #5 (unlikely anyway) or whether he goes #1, the difference in his rookie salary would be washed out by getting to free agency one year sooner. It's all about getting that second contract.