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2012 NBA Draft Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers Could Be Forced To Go Big, According To Report

The Philadelphia 76ers are interested in selecting a guard, but could be forced to settle for a big man in the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft because of growing uncertainty regarding the free agency status of Spencer Hawes, David Aldridge of reported on Monday.

At No. 15, the Sixers would seemingly be in the market for a guard, with leading scorer Lou Williams opting out of his deal and becoming an unrestricted free agent next Sunday. But word is that Philly may be choking on the contract demands of starting center Spencer Hawes as well (you hear numbers like $8 million a year being thrown around), and may have to go big in case it can't come to terms with the 7-footer.

With Hawes, Williams and Elton Brand among nine Sixers free agents, the team's roster could look drastically different by the time training camp arrives.

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