CHICAGO - Andre Miller's status is uncertain and the team needs a young player at the position, so the 76ers talked to two of the top point-guard prospects at the NBA's draft combine Thursday, and were expected to interview another before camp broke yesterday.
The Sixers own the 17th choice in the draft, to be held June 25. Tony DiLeo, their vice president and assistant general manager, and their director of player personnel, Courtney Witte, were spotted in Chicago. General manager Ed Stefanski was believed to be in town, too.
Ty Lawson, who led North Carolina to the NCAA national championship last spring, and Syracuse's Jonny Flynn both sat down with the Sixers' brass. Stephen Curry of Davidson said yesterday that he expected to do so.
All three are likely to be picked in the first round.
The 6-foot Lawson averaged 16.6 points and 6.2 assists last season as a junior for a squad that played an up-tempo game much like the Sixers favored.
"I met with them, and I'll probably be working out for them later on in June," Lawson said. "They have a lot of interest in me, so I'll be happy to go there."
The Sixers "fit me real well," he said. "They have athletic wings on the side, and going there could be the best situation for me."
The sturdy Flynn, who also is listed at 6-0, directed Syracuse to a 28-10 season and topped the Orangemen with 17.4 points and 6.6 assists per game.
The interview "went pretty well," said Flynn, who declared for the draft after his sophomore season. "They are an up-and-coming team . . . a team that in the playoffs this year really scared the Orlando Magic. That's a good situation and a good place to go."
Curry, 6-2, led the nation in scoring with 28.6 points per game, and also found time to dish out 5.6 assists for Davidson, which was 27-8. He left school after completing his junior season.
"I'm a point guard who can move over to the 2 if I need to spread the defense," Curry said, referring to the shooting-guard spot. "I can't really say how I'd fit in there."