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Grizzlies, 76ers looking to buy first-round draft picks

Jun 20, 2013, 3:01 PM EST

Rudy Gay, Kwame Brown AP

The Grizzlies traded their first-round pick to Cleveland to get under the luxury tax and save about $4 million. Now they can use some of that money to get a first-round pick back.

Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld:

Memphis is looking to buy a first-round pick, so expect the Grizzlies to get in the mix and send some cash to a team divesting a pick.

Memphis is certainly changing under new owner Robert Pera. Before he bought the team, the Grizzlies were the type to sell its first-round pick. Now, they’re not as concerned with being cheap but with being smart. Teams can use up to $3.1 million in trades, including for draft picks, per season, so if they complete a deal, they will have saved about $1 million or more.Of course, there are also reasons to move into the first round other than not having a first-round pick. Kyler: 

Philadelphia is trying to do the same.

The 76ers hold the No. 10 11 pick, but they have more than one need. If they don’t keep Andrew Bynum, they’ll need a big man. They could also use help on the wing, considering Nick Young and Dorell Wright will be free agents this summer and Jason Richardson is getting old. A backup point guard would also help.This is probably a good year to buy a late first-round pick. Teams aren’t yet completely prepared for stiffer luxury tax penalties, but those are looming. So, not only will teams in danger of paying the tax be reluctant to add a guaranteed rookie-scale contract, they’ll appreciate an influx of cash.Of course, the Grizzlies and 76ers know this, too, and they also know this is perceived to be a weak draft.Whether a deal is reached is predicated on how desperate teams are to dump their first-round picks and whether they’re willing to accept less money than they could get in a typical year.

  1. fanofevilempire - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    never knew you buy a pick, learned something.
    good job Dan!

  2. dolphindubs - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Mark Cuban: “Call me, fellas”

  3. pmx8411 - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Kinda messed up if Bynum leaves Philly w/o playing…

  4. doubledown44 - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Just a quick note regarding the first sentence. The Grizzlies traded a pick to the Cavs, but it wasn’t in this year’s draft. The Cavs won’t get that pick until 2015 at the earliest. Minnesota has Memphis’ pick this year (via Houston).

  5. eugenesaxe - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Portland has #10, not Philly. But both start with P, so whatever.

  6. tcclark - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Hinkie comes from Houston. Houston has notoriously collected draft picks. Hinkie is now with Philly. This was fairly predictable.

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