D’Angelo Russell cancels weekend visit with 76ers

With less than two weeks until the 2015 NBA draft, word broke that Ohio State Buckeyes guard D’Angelo Russell had canceled his weekend workout/visit with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Naturally the first question that might come to mind would be, “why?”

Well reportedly Russell is “real sick,” according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and supposedly Russell rescheduled the visit with for a later date.

Well, my rebuttal to that would simply be: why not skip a visit with Philly?

A handful of teams are in the mix for the title of ‘Most Dysfunctional Franchise’ award within the NBA, and the 76ers are right up there with the New York Knicks.

Now, there have been rumblings about the Los Angeles Lakers possibly taking the 6-foot-5 Russell with the second pick of the draft instead of one of the two centers, so maybe Russell and his camp know something that the rest of us don’t? Or maybe it’s a power play and his camp is drawing a line in the sand telling Philly NOT to draft him.

Personally, I think when looking at the pieces the 76ers have in place, Russell would fit in nicely. But if this is a power play, I can’t blame him and his agent for doing so.

Over the past couple seasons, it’s looked like the 76ers have almost been tanking on purpose and trading away their best young talent all in the name of acquiring the top pick in the next seasons draft.

Philly seems hell bent on remaining in a seemingly never ending cycle of rebuilding. At this point, you can’t even really classify this a mediocrity. The Philadelphia 76ers are just a poorly run franchise.

Will Russell eventually work out and land with the 76ers or will he begin his NBA career elsewhere? We will find out on June 25.

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