Sixers Shake Up: 4 Deals; Goodbye Turner and Hawes
Today the NBA trade deadline came and went. Like we all expected, the Sixers were the NBA’s most active team. The Sixers pulled off four trades, shipped away three players and acquired five players and five second round draft selections.
Sixers General Manager Sam Hinkie was certainly busy working the phones.
The totality of the Sixers’ moves resulted in the team saying goodbye to Lavoy Allen, the local product out of Temple University, who’s claim to fame came as a rookie who gave Kevin Garnett all he could handle in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The team also parted ways with Spencer Hawes, a fan favorite who never really cemented his role on the team but who developed a three point shot that while not pretty, was quite effective. And last but not least, Evan Turner, this season’s leader by default. Turner put up borderline All-Star numbers this season but clashed with fans and coaches in this city and never quite seemed comfortable in the Sixers’ systems.
And now the team welcomes five new players to go alongside those five new selections.
The biggest name coming to Philly is Forward Danny Granger. Turner and Allen will head to Indiana to continue to help the Pacers seek a championship. Due to injuries and timing, Granger fell out of the Pacers plans as Paul George emerged in Indiana.
In Granger the Sixers acquire an experienced veteran who has the experience of being ‘the guy’ on a team, something that can be valuable to younger players on the roster. With that said, Granger is in the final year of a deal that pays him over $14 million so there is a very good chance he not a Sixer beyond this season.
In 29 games this season, Granger is averaging just north of eight points per game.
The Sixers also acquired point guard Eric Maynor from the Washington Wizards in a three-team deal that involved the Sixers giving up nothing.
Maynor has played just 23 games this season averaging less than ten minutes a night. He has been relinquished to third string point guard duties and is averaging just 2.3 points per game. The former VCU standout has shown flashes of ability in his career and will instantly be the Sixers best bet in terms of backing up Michael Carter-Williams allowing Tony Wroten to play a scoring role instead of a scoring/facilitator role.
Maynor has two years left on his deal.
The Sixers kicked the morning off by dealing Hawes away to the Cleveland Cavaliers who recently cut ties with another former Sixer Andrew Bynum. Hawes will add some size to the Cavs front court and will space the floor for Kyrie Irving to make plays.
In addition to picks, the Sixers acquired center Henry Sims and forward Earl Clark. The 6’10” Clark can play both forward positions and in 45 games played this season, he is averaging just over five points per game.
In an under the radar move, the Sixers pulled off a deal for Clippers backup center Byron Mullens. The 7’0″ center may be the most crucial player in the deal. With the Sixers first and second Center options dealt away, Mullens will have the opportunity to compete with Arnett Moultrie for those starter minutes which will be a big bump up from the six minutes per night he received in L.A.
Clark, Sims and Mullens still have two seasons on their contracts at a reasonable amount.
Hawes took to Twitter to express his thoughts following the deals announcement.
So there you have it. The Sixers are completely remade with the exception of Thad Young. Despite rumors of his request to be dealt, Young will remain a Sixer.
With another season on his deal the Sixers will have the opportunity to deal him in the offseason or at next season’s deadline so there was no need to rush into something for him without getting solid value in return.
The ultimate result of today’s trades will almost certainly secure the Sixers the pick they covet, and the cap space they need.
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Posted on February 20, 2014, in Ray Boyd and tagged Byron Mullens, Danny Granger, Earl Clark, Eric Maynor, evan turner, Henry Sims, Lavoy Allen, NBA Trade Deadline, NBA Trade Rumors, sixers, spencer hawes, thaddeus young. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.