5 Bold Predictions for the Philadelphia 76ers’ 2014 Offseason

5 Bold Predictions for the Philadelphia 76ers' 2014 Offseason

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When the Philadelphia 76ers hired Sam Hinkie as GM and he took over this once proud franchise, bold and unexpected was the only way to go. Massive change was needed to bring the Sixers back to respectability, and he did just that with a draft day trade of Jrue Holiday, signing Nerlens Noel, gutting the roster at the NBA trade deadline and sacrificing an entire season in order to build for the future. Here are some more bold moves yet to come.

5. Re-Sign Spencer Hawes

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5. Re-Sign Spencer Hawes

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Former 76er Spencer Hawes is an unrestricted free agent after finishing the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will be looking for a home, especially if the Cavaliers take a chance on Joel Embiid with their No. 1 pick. While it may upset some Sixers fans to see the inconsistent Hawes return to Philly, it makes sense to have an experienced center who knows Brett Brown's system to back up Nerlens Noel.

4. Trade No. 10 Pick for Future Draft Picks

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4. Trade No. 10 Pick for Future Draft Picks

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Sixers GM Sam Hinkie has always been about putting the Sixers in the best situation and having as many options as possible. So it shouldn't surprise anyone to see Hinkie trade the team's No. 10 pick in exchange for a conditional top five pick in 2015 and some second rounders. Hinkie is in this for the long haul, and this would be a perfect example of that.

3. Trade Thaddeus Young

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3. Trade Thaddeus Young

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Everyone agrees that Thaddeus Young is the odd man out on the Sixers roster. While he brings experience to a very young Sixers team, no one can imagine he wants to spend the height of his career on a rebuilding franchise. So moving a valuable player like Young makes sense for both him and the Sixers.

2. Move Up in the Draft to Get Andrew Wiggins

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2. Move Up in the Draft to Get Andrew Wiggins

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The most popular rumor going around has been that the Sixers are willing to trade their No. 3 pick and Thaddeus Young to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for their No. 1 pick. This way the Sixers are assured to get the player they want in Andrew Wiggins. Given that Embiid's draft stock will probably plummet with his broken foot, it looks more and more likely that this will happen.

1. Decide to Tank Another Season

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1. Decide to Tank Another Season

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While the Sixers will end up with a couple of great players on draft night, they aren't going to improve enough to make the playoffs or be a serious threat in the Eastern Conference. So what is to prevent Hinkie from tanking for a second straight year to get a chance at another top-five pick in the 2015 draft? It makes logical sense, but it would be a terrible thing to do to the few fans the 76ers have left.

David Goodman is a Philadelphia Phillies writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @PhillyGuyDave or add him to your circles on Google.

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