Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 1/4/12

The Daily News is reporting that the Philadelphia 76ers have a deal in place that would trade Forward Marreese Speights for two second round draft picks. One pick would be in next year’s draft, the other coming in the 2013 draft.

If the deal is approved by the NBA, Speights would be dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Sixers would get the Grizzlies’ second round pick for next year, if the Grizzlies do not finish in the top 4 of the league.

The deal would also involve the New Orleans Hornets as well. The Sixers would receive New Orleans’ 2013 pick.

Speights was selected 16th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft. Speights has had trouble living up to that status, however. While Speights has shown flashes of brilliance offensively, he has never developed into a good defensive player. Doug Collins’ Sixers have emphasized defense, however, and consequently Speights has yet to take to the court for the Sixers in the first 4 games of this season.

Still, many believed that Speights was a work in progress and still has some tremendous upside.

Speights averaged 7.2 points per game on 49% shooting to go along with 3.7 rebounds per game. Word on approval of the deal could come as early as this afternoon.Similar Posts:

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