As the NBA game continues to expand around the world, international players have not only made their mark in the league, but have cemented themselves as superstars. From Giannis Antetokounmpo winning back-to-back MVP awards to the rise of All-Stars Luka Doncic and Ben Simmons, international players have played a key role in the growth of the NBA around the world.
As part of the merger, the four ABA franchise were to pay the NBA an entry fee of $3.2 million while the Nets had to cough up an additional $4.8 million to the New York Knicks for “territorial invasion”. With the steep prices that were due, the Nets franchise didn't have a lot of options and thus, traded their best player - the reigning 3-time ABA MVP - to the 76ers just 24 hours before the first game of the 1976-77 season.
The Brett Brown Memorial Star Hunting Move Atlanta Receives: Josh Richardson, the 21st pick & 49th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft Philadelphia Receives: The 6th Pick in the 2020 NBA Draft In this scenario the Sixers presumably see one of their top big board players still available and pounce. If with the first five selections of the draft Ball, Wiseman, Edwards, Avdija and Okoro go, the Hawks could see no immediate impact players that fit their agenda.