Reactions To The Sixers’ Free Agency Moves76ers, BREAKING NEWS, News Thursday, July 12th, 2012
As we all know by now, the Sixers have signed Nick Young, amnestied Brand, and said good-bye to Lou-Will and hello to Dorell Wright/Darryl Watkins. I will get to Lou first. I have been very hard on Lou at times with his awful shot selection and the way he was used at certain points of a game. So maybe I should be blaming Doug as well. I have already done that a few times.
Lou had a nice career here. It’s just time for him to move on. He could always score but I was just so tired of watching the offense live and die in his hands. Thank God, I will not see that foolish four corners play with him at the end of games (example of use) anymore. Later, LouWillVille have fun in the ATL.
Elton my man, I really hate to see you go. It was strictly a business move. It had to be done. EB brought toughness and leadership every single night. His post defense is still much underrated. It would have been nice to have Brand in his younger years. They could not officially amnesty him until yesterday. The teams that are under the cap have the first shot at him. It looks like Dallas is on the verge of picking him up. I thought what ever team picks him up they would have to pay $4 million of his salary, but I was wrong. They will have to pay what ever they bid on Brand. The Sixers will pay the rest.
At first, I did not know how to feel about the Nick Young signing. He can really shoot the rock, but he also has never seen a shot he did not like. The more I thought about it made me start changing my mind. He will fit nicely in-between Jrue and Evan. He does not need the ball in his hands to be effective. That is one of the Sixers biggest issues, they have too many of the same type of players. Nick loves to spot up behind the arc and he does it well. The bonus out of all this is that his contract is only a one year deal worth $6 million. Not to shabby there, Sixers.
Now this where it gets confusing, then the Sixers go ahead and trade forDorell Wright. OK, then. Welcome to “The Land of The Small Forwards.” Wright is a decent player. He is a good catch-and-shoot guy. He actually led the NBA in three-pointers made two years ago. The Sixers also received center Darryl Watkins in the trade. The trade ended up being a three team deal between Golden State/Hornets/Sixers. All I have to say is that Thorn you better have a plan after having about seven guys that all play the same position. I mean, something has to give right? I would think Iggy is the one who will be gone. I really have no clue though. This is one of the craziest off-seasons in the NBA that I can remember.
I thought I was done with this post but then rumors started to fly that Thad Young was traded for Kris Humphries. They ended up being false. I actually tweeted Humphries myself to find out if he was traded, but he did not respond. The one thing out of all this craziness, the Sixers will have plenty of cap room for the 2013 free agents class. That class is loaded.
I guess I should mention Spencer Hawes. I will never understand that signing. At least his contract is not awful at two years for $13 million. Its another short-term, low-risk deal. The Sixers have done a good job with contracts this off-season.
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