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Report: 76ers trade No. 39 pick to Lakers

Ben Simmons

Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons, of Australia, goes up for the shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Philadelphia. The Lakers won 107-104. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

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The 76ers have too many 2018 draft picks – Nos. 10, 26, 38, 39, 56 and 60.

Philadelphia already has 11 players under contract for next season. Plus, the 76ers have the space to add premier players. There just isn’t room for everyone on the roster.

So, Philadelphia unloaded one of those selections.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

This is good return for the 76ers, who everyone knew had to trade a draft pick. The rebuilding Bulls could easily land a higher second-round pick than No. 39 next year.

Why do the Lakers want an extra second-rounder this year? Second-round picks don’t count against the cap until signed, and they can always slightly sweeten a trade offer. They’re helpful for a team with big plans and little wiggle room.