Philadelphia 76ers: 2019 NBA Draft grades

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No. 42 pick: Admiral Schofield

Admiral Schofield is not only an excellent name, but also a dude who would’ve filled a role in Philly. Alas, he was yet another casualty of salary cap management.

Per reports, the 42nd pick of this year’s draft was used as a sweetener to get out of Jonathon Simmons’ contract. Simmons was on pace to be a waste of money next season, even with his $1 million buyout option.

It seems like a hefty price to pay the Washington Wizards just to save $1 million, but every dollar counts for what Philly has to do this summer. It’s almost certain that the team will have to dive into the luxury tax to keep this core together, so saving money is probably more advantageous than taking a risk in a weak draft class.

On its face, electing to not use cheap labor is a loss. But considering how much money the Sixers are set to use in free agency, getting rid of dead money is a success.

Grade: B