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Report: Sixers trade Elfrid Payton to Magic for rights to Dario Saric

Jun 26, 2014, 9:18 PM EDT

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NEW YORK — The Sixers continued along their path of considering the long-term over the short- by selecting Joel Embiid with the third overall pick in the NBA Draft, and worked even further away from trying to win in the present by the trade they made involving the player they selected tenth.

Philadelphia is sending Elfrid Payton to the Orlando Magic for the draft rights to Dario Saric, reports Ken Berger of CBS Sports. The Sixers will reportedly also receive a couple of draft picks in the deal — Orlando’s 2017 first-rounder, which is top-11 protected and top-eight protected should it fall to 2018, along with a second round pick in 2015.

Embiid, much like Nerlens Noel the season before him, could very well miss the entire year due to the foot injury he suffered that required recent surgery. And Saric is expected to stay in Europe for at least two more years, although if he develops quickly and Philadelphia sees a need, they could try to buy him out of that contract and bring him over sometime sooner.

Payton happened to be at the podium as the news of the deal began to break, and it became a bit comical to hear him answer question after question about playing in Philadelphia before someone finally told him the news, and asked what his feelings were about now playing for the Magic.

“I mean, I don’t know, I guess that would be nice too,” Payton said. “Anything is a blessing, man.”

  1. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I waited a year after they traded Holliday to wait two more years to see the result……F&%$ me!!!

  2. 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    From bad to worse. That Payton selection made zero sense, bit to have two top 10 selections not even play……
    man you gotta have patience like a mufuc___ in the city of brotherly love.

  3. knicksmets - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    I like Phillies approach, hopefully they will be good in a few years with Saric, Noel, MCW and Joel. Though the results won’t be seen immediately it gives them a chance of getting another good pick next year. They seem to be heading in the right direction. At the time the Payton pick didn’t make sense but now I get it a little more.

    • dondada10 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Plus they get a first and second rounder from Orlando. If Saric is for real this could be a bonanza in the future.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    I called it! Embiid and Saric! Check the history!

  5. yougottalovethepain - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    I liked taking Embiid but I would have taken someone at # 10 who would play for the Sixers next year. I’m not thrilled about getting Saric and having to wait until the 2016-17 season to have him on the floor.

  6. zinger92 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Tank City. ugh…

  7. nfceastisbeast - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    The twin towers….Joel & Noel. Plus Saric down the road. This team is gonna be nasty in a couple of years.

    • philadelphiafan - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:53 AM

      Twin towers…I was thinking the same thing! This could be something special if both healthy at the same time. I’m excited to see Noel in summer league action too.

  8. patfic5 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Lottery bound again for the next 10 years.

  9. saint1997 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Yes!! So happy for my magic! Try scoring on Orlando!

    • nickjackalson - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:01 AM

      philly just scored on you

      • phillysportsfanwithaclue - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        great tag name…lol

  10. sumkat - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    apparently the plan is to hope Embiid gets healthy, and Saric decides he wants to come over in 2 years, then 2 years after that, when they adjust to the nba, maybe they will be a decent team. Pay no attention to the fact that the 3 bigs they have need to fit into 2 positions

    Still no ability to score from the wings (and the top guys projected for next year are bigs and PG’s), and doubtful they will be much, if any, better than that awful offense they had last year

    Worst team in the league, 2 top 10 picks, and they will step on the court no better than they were at the end of last season. Clearly the losers of this draft so far

    • rrhoe - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      Your last statement is dead-on:

      Worst team in the league, 2 top 10 picks, and they will step on the court no better than they were at the end of last season. Clearly the losers of this draft so far

  11. monkeyhateclean - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM


    As always, thumbs down if you agree!!!

  12. spliff219 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    I think the sixers had a great night. You get the best overall player in the draft at 3 and then you get a top five pick with future 1st rounds for your tenth pick. The sixers were not gonna win a championship with collecting old overpaid talent, instead they are collecting the best young talent in the draft and now have a great future… You do know Embid is only twenty years old right

    • sumkat - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      20 years old with a bad back and foot….yeah, awesome pick

  13. jacobk621 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Sixers should change their team name to “Sherman” as in Sherman Tank !! Bwahwahwahwah !!

    • thatsjustchipper - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      good concept, poor execution

  14. unxpexted1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    SO basically philly drafted two players in the top ten that may not be available on opening night. They are obviously going for the LONG LONG play.

    • sumkat - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      No, they drafted 2 guys that WILL NOT be available opening night. There is no “may not” involved in this

      The only “may not”‘s that would belong in this conversation are “Embiid may not ever be healthy”, and “Saric may not come over in 2 years and stay for the 3rd so he no longer has to play on a rookie contract”

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