Blockbuster: Sixers Trade Iguodala To Denver, Acquire Andrew Bynum76ers, BREAKING NEWS, News Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Pending league approval, Andre Iguodala is now a former 76er, Andrew Bynum is coming to Philadelphia, and Kwame Brown’s name has been erased from the starting lineup.
In an absolutely stunning development, the Sixers made a major move late Thursday night that has changed the face of their organization, participating in a massive four-team trade with the Magic, Lakers, and Nuggets that will bring one of the top centers in the NBA to Philadelphia.
Here’s the breakdown of the trade
Sixers Trade: Andre Iguodala (to Denver), Nik Vucevic, Mo Harkless, protected first-round pick (to Orlando)
Sixers Acquire: Andrew Bynum (from Los Angeles), Jason Richardson (from Orlando)
Magic Trade: Dwight Howard (to Los Angeles), Jason Richardson (to Philadelphia)
Nuggets Trade: Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington (to Orlando)
Lakers Trade: Andrew Bynum (to Philadelphia)
The Sixers wanted one of the best big-men in the league, and they got one. They’re taking a major gamble that they’ll be able to resign Bynum to an extension, but such a gamble is well worth the risk. Andre Iguodala had taken the Sixers as far as he could take them. If this team really wants to be a serious contender, they had to move Iguodala and bring in a legitimate superstar.
The Sixers have now put the cherry on top of a dramatic off-season in which they now have a dramatically different team than they finished the 2011-12 season with. Gone are Iguodala, Elton Brand, and Lou Williams, the three biggest names and faces on this franchise in the last five years. In are Bynum, Nick Young, Dorell Wright, and Richardson. The deal also means that Evan Turner is going to become an even more important piece of this team, as he’ll now take over the starting small forward position.
The 2012-13 basketball season promises to be one of the most anticipated seasons in Philadelphia in over 10 years.
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