Feb 21, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT
The NBA trade deadline is set for 3 p.m. this afternoon.
This, typically, is one of my favorite days of the year, because there’s nothing I love more than professional basketball teams trading troubled baggage.
Remember 2009 — when Raef LaFrentz’s $13 million expiring contract was the most valuable asset on the market? That’s the kind of world I want to live in all the time.
Dealings have been slow thus far, with only the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns getting together to (in order) acquire the No. 5 selection in last year’s draft, shed some salary and reunite the Philly-born Morris twins for the price of a second-round pick.
And so, with mere hours to go, which of your Philadelphia 76ers is on the trade block? Kind of the whole team aside from Jrue Holiday. Grantland’s Chris Ryan wants to restart the Andre Iguodala era with this fictional offer for Danny Granger.
Then again, no one would be surprised if the Sixers held steady until 3 p.m. As of last night, the team’s phones were “pretty quiet.” As Adrian Wojnarowski just put it:
Asked one GM what he had: “We’re down to bulls— text message offers from people who couldn’t keep a straight face if they called.”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013
Either way, just for fun, here are five potential candidates to get shipped:
Nick Young: Swaggy is on a one-year, $6 million deal and has seemingly matured enough under Doug Collins that a team in need of scoring depth could want him to play for his fourth team in the last two seasons.
Dorell Wright: A similar circumstance. Dorell’s $4 million comes off the books this summer and he’s been less and less a factor for the Sixers as the season has gone on. Wright remains highly versatile and its unclear as to why he falls in and out of favor with head coach Doug Collins, but he’s certainly not the first to have that happen. Wright is a cheap enough option with upside for the next few months.
Spencer Hawes: Teams are always in need of functional bigs, and Hawes is wrapped up in a neat little two-year deal that will pay him $6.5 million this year and next. Hawes isn’t anyone’s savior, but he’s young and he’s shown enough in flashes to entice some playoff-bound teams in need of short-term, cost-effective help in their frontcourt.
Royal Ivey/Damian Wilkins: Expiring throw-ins.
Really, unless they’re called with something tempting, the Sixers are probably better off holding onto their own EC’s to generate their own cap space.
The elephant in the room here is obviously Andrew Bynum, but his fate will be decided this summer and not this afternoon. The most likely scenario remains the Sixers staying put, continuing to wait for Bynum, and hoping they learn something from watching him play with this roster for a even a handful of games.
If the Sixers don’t do anything today, they’ll have almost $29 million (including Bynum) coming off the books this summer.
That sounds like good news, but here’s the real question: Do you trust the Sixers, assuming they do not reach a new agreement with Bynum, with that kind of cap space?
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