Currently, the Kings are 24-33 and the Sixers are 21-35. With the loss of Cousins and the gradual improvement this season of the Sixers, there is every chance by the end of the season that the Kings’ record will be considerably worse than that of the Sixers.
On top of the pick swap this year with the Kings, the Sixers are also owed a top-three protected first round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers. This transaction took place in February 2015, which was a three-way deal involving the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns.
The Sixers’ president of basketball operations at the time, San Hinkie, traded Michael Career-Williams. At the time of the deal, Carter-Williams was the reigning Rookie of the Year.
As it stands, the Lakers are currently 19-39 and have the third-worst record in the league. Naturally, the better the Lakers’ record, the higher the odds of the Sixers receiving this pick, possibly as high as No. 4 overall.
But after Sunday’s events, it’s not just the Lakers’ fortunes whom the Sixers will be keeping an eye on for the remainder of the season.
It’s also the Kings, thanks in large part to the studious work of Sam Hinkie.