Bynum Trade Makes Sixers Relevant Again76ers, BREAKING NEWS, News Saturday, August 11th, 2012
I have been thinking of writing a post for the Sixers on how their roster will look this upcoming season. Obviously, I would have started the post as the “Land of the small forward”. I also would have tried to explain that Kwame Brown and Spencer Hawes can play together. Thank God I don’t have to lie about that situation now.
I can’t believe that this trade is going down. Sorry, if I am repeating myself. I am still in a state of shock. The news came out earlier in the day by Adam Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports that they were discussing the deal. Then, around 10 pm Thursday night the dream became a reality. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported,”source with direct knowledge of the talks told that the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams. In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers’ top draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told Stein”.
The Sixers don’t even lose Turner or Holiday in this deal. All I have to say is “WOW’.
Now all of the other moves the Sixers did this off-season make sense. This team all of a sudden looks very dangerous. With Turner and Holiday”s abilities to create for others, Bynum dominating the post area. and Dorell Wright, Nic Young, and J-Rich raining three ball’s down. Can you say HALF-COURT offense?! The BIGGEST thing this trade does for Sixers it makes them relevant again. Bynum makes the Sixers a “cool” team to play for. In today’s NBA that is huge. Players love to team up together. Bynum brings that to Philly.
Bynum gives the Sixers their first legitimate center since Moses Malone. Bynum is more polished offensively than even Howard is. Howard is the better defender though.
Yes, Bynum’s knees might be an issue and he can be sort of a head case at times but who cares. He brings that nasty “Old School” side that I love. He is entering his last year of his contract. Sixers will have to convince him to stay. The one thing in their favor is that the Sixers can offer Bynum the most money and a extra year.
By the way, Bynum is only 24 years old.
Jason Richardson gives the Sixers a solid two-guard, who can really knock down the three ball. He is not the “High Flyer” he once was, but he still can play. With J-Rich, Nick Young and Dorell Wright the Sixers have guys that can knock down an open jumper, if Turner and Holiday continue to develop, watch out. Richardon has three more years on his contract at a friendly 5.7 million this year, 6.2 million in 13/14 and 6.6 million in 14/15.
I have always been a fan of Iggy. I always thought the Sixers asked him to be something he is not, a scorer. Since the arrival of Doug Collins, Dre has learned who he really is as a player. He has become one of the best wing defenders in the game and has developed a nice all around game. So thanks for a great year and nice career here “Iggy”.
Here is what the current roster looks like..
Bench. Hawes, Brown, N.Young, Wright, Moultrie, Thad/Allen, Ivey and Wayns.
Suddenly, the Sixers have size and athleticism together. Yes, Sir!
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