Jason Robins (fourth from left) poses for a photo opportunity at a press conference early this morning.
This past December, Mitch Lawrence wrote that 76ers owners, Josh Harris and David Blitzer may not be long for this game. Their interests lie abroad.
“They’re more interested in getting the NFL in London than they are in the NBA,” said a source quoted in the Forbes Magazine story. “Their No. 1 goal is to get the NFL team in London. They want to flip the Sixers anyway.”
Less that four months later, it appears that they have found an ideal suitor in Jason Robins, CEO of DraftKings.
“This is a match made in heaven,” said Robins in a phone all late last night. “What better fit could there be for DraftKings than the kings of the draft?”
The comment elicited a few chuckles but Robins reiterated the seriousness of his claim.
“It’s no-holds-barred drafting for the Sixers,” he continued. “They draft [Michael Carter-Williams] who wins Kia Rookie of the Year and they flip him for a protected top-five pick from the Lakers. Now they’ve got another guy in [Jahlil] Okafor who is Rookie of the Year candidate and his name is popping up in trade rumors everywhere with draft picks presumably heading back this way. It’s unbelievable.”
Robins was dumbfounded by the amount of first round picks the Sixers could have in this upcoming draft.
“The cross-promotional opportunities are through the roof,” he said.
Whether the league sees it that way or not is another question.