Posted by: Philadunkia
02/27/12 11:05 am EST

If 76ers CEO  Adam Aron gave you two moves to improve this current 76ers team, what would you do?

That was the question posed to a few of the scribes here at Philadunkia. 

Would you make a trade or…trades?

Would you sign a freee agent that’s still out there?

Would you change the starting lineup? (FYI…Nocioni is not the answer.)

Would you tweak Doug’s rotations or his X&Os? 

Basically you get to play GM with this post and fix this team right now.

And if you don’t think this team needs some fixing, then you haven’t been watching closely during the recent 5 game losing streak.

Our ideas after the jump…


Tom Sunnergren

How did everything that was so good get so bad?

-Rocky 2

With five straight losses, the rise of the Knicks (I don’t follow the news that closely, but something to do with a Jerry Lin?), and the looming threat of aBostonrun, the Sixers’ prospects have taken a turn for the worse over the last couple weeks. You know what though Philadunkia nation — and while we’re a small nation, we’re a proud one — stuff your worries in a sack, ‘cause we got this.

Here are two exhaustively researched; thoroughly probed, prodded, and noodled over trade possibilities that will tighten our defense, open the floor for our O, heal our nation’s partisan wounds, solve the rising cost of health care, and save the Sixers’ season. Or at least two of those.

Trade 1.) Sixers Acquire: Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu; Magic Acquire: Elton Brand, Jrue Holiday, and Evan Turner

Here are two facts: 1.) Dwight Howard will not resign with the Magic. (2.) The Magic will not find a better haul of build-aroundable (sic, more like SICK!) young talent than what the Sixers can offer.  So while there’s no guarantee Howard will resign with the Sixers’, we officially advocate bringing him onboard, selling him on the environment — the city, team, coach triumvirate we say here will sway him — and at the end of the season, letting the chips fall where they may. If Thorn pulls the trigger here, the Sixers –Miami and Chicago be gosh darned — become immediate contenders for not just the Eastern Conference crown, but the whole kit and caboodle.

But if you don’t like that one…

Trade 2.) Sixers Acquire: Anderson Varejao; Cavaliers Acquire: Andres Nocioni and Evan Turner

Let’s call this one The Backup Plan. Great movie, even better trade. While he’s not quite DH, Varejao provides the 7-6 the interior presence they lack with Spencer Hawes out of the lineup and lack even more when he’s in there. And while it breaks my heart to part with Evan Turner, Doug Collins isn’t nuts about him and with the logjam we have at the wing (Iguodala and Thad Young need minutes, Jodie Meeks provides all-valuable floor space), we frankly don’t have room for him. He’s worth more elsewhere than he is here. If you love someone, set them free.

Jerry Scherwin

My first post for this website had me dealing Elton Brand to Sacramento in a “fake” trade for DeMarcus Cousins (Who, might I proudly add, is averaging 16.4PPG, 11.3 REB, and 1.2BLKfor a pitiful Kings team.  Yeah, it looks like the 21 year old big-kid can’t play after all.  Still not interested in his upside Philly fans?).  The basis for that post was simple; I was worried that Elton Brand had seen his last of the brighter days. Though that may have started off my writing career on an interesting foot with Sixers fans, the idea was pure and simple. I was worried about Brand’s and ultimately Spencer Hawes’ longevity.  I wanted youth and health.  What’s changed since then?  Nothing!  I’m more than worried now.  Something needs to be done to help the current lack of depth with Philly’s four and five spots; so this type of post couldn’t come at a better time.

So what would I do?

I’m glad you asked:

1) Philadelphia sends Andres Nocioni, Elton Brand and Jodie Meeks to Dallas.

Dallas sends Lamar Odom, Shawn Marion, Brendan Haywood to Philadelphia.

Who loses in this situation?  If Dallas amnesties Brand, which for the sake of my argument, they will, they clear a bunch of cap space to make “The Big D in the Dirty D” (Dwight, Deron, Dirk) a reality.  The Sixers get tougher, more physical, more versatile and well, more big with a trade like this, clearly.  Imagine a more mature Jrue, a more than ready to jump into the starting lineup Turner (or vice versa for all you Jrue haters that want him off the ball), Mr. All-Star Iggy, former 6th Man of the Year Odom, and the athletic Haywood as your 2013 starters.  Now picture sweet Lou, a free agent guard acquisition (Ray Allen, O.J. Mayo, Jason Terry), Shawn Marion, and Vuc/Hawes coming off the bench to give them a breather… “Evan Turner for NBA Starter” Boosters just got a boner. 

Plus, you could always sign Brand back to the 7-6 with a veterans minimum contract; something he shouldn’t mind accepting being that he will continue to have one hand in Cuban’s back pocket for the next two years and because he is a fan and coaches favorite.  Philly stays young but gains experience and the veteran leadership necessary to win in this league.  They also get better defensively, which would be all around impressive because they are already solid in that aspect of the game. 

Seriously though, how many trades could you honestly make that not only help you offensively (Lamar provides Coach Collins one of the most versatile players in the NBA) but defensively (Shawn Marion isn’t in this league because he can shoot and Haywood give you a physical presence in the post you didn’t have before.)?  If they could pull this off and sign a veteran guard like, say, a Ray Allen, the floor offensively will be so wide open that the Sixer guards would have a Holiday… get it?

Carey Smith

While the 76ers current five game losing streak is of great concern for me, I am not yet ready to press the panic button for 2011-12 and jettison any of our key pieces.  However, I do not think that the current roster contains the answers for solving the issues that have led to this recent slide and I am ready to make a few tweaks.  Here they are:

1)      Sixers trade Andre Nocioni (and a second round pick if necessary) to Milwaukee for Stephen Jackson:

Yes I know that Capt. Jack is a head case.  And yes I know that he has been described as a locker room problem child.   But Jackson was able  to excel under Larry Brown in Charlotte and it’s safe to assume Doug Collins can find those same buttons to push within Jackson here in Philly.  The Sixers can not score in the half court because they have no interior presence and only Jrue Holiday can create a shot for himself.  With Jackson at the starting two-guard (You heard that right Jodie Meeks.) the Sixers would now have proven slasher in the first-five who can create for himself and will not settle for long 2’s.  Don’t bother looking at his current numbers in MIL (10/3/3 per night) as he is currently in the Scott Skiles doghouse.  Just know that he hit for 18.5 ppg. last season and bangs home 3’s at a 33% clip on his career.

2)      Insert Nikola Vucevic into the starting lineup and then send the Mo Speights trade exception ($2.7 million) and a second round pick to Sacramento for Jason Thompson.

Technically it’s two moves, but I am grouping it as one big move to get over Spencer Hawes.

Who knows when Spencer Hawes is going to return and the Sixers need to adopt a “we’re moving on” mental state.  No more talk about how solid we played when “Big Spence” was in the lineup or what our record was during his stellar run earlier this season.  For me, Spence doesn’t exist until he takes the court again.  In fact, in an effort to make the team forget about him, I would ban him from the bench.  I would then anoint Vucevic as my starting center until further notice.  Lavoy Allen is a solid rookie who is playing well, but he is not the scoring threat that “Big Nik” presents for foes. 

While I don’t think Vuc can go for 18 every night like he did vs. Houston, I do think that given 28 mpg., he can go out and get 14 & 8 a night.  Thompson is my insurance policy.  He’s 7-foot tall, 250 pounds which is nice and he also can improve our inside scoring punch.  If for some reason Vuc struggles as my starting center, he provides some much needed depth at the 5-spot.  With DeMarcus Cousins having a break out season, JT has seen his role in Sacto reduced significantly (Excluding the last 2 games before the ASB.) and he should be available.


14 Responses to “IT’S YOUR MOVE”

  1. nova
    27. February 2012 at 12:43

    while i want Jason Thompson for sure. he makes too much, 3 mil, to use the trade exception, 2.7 mil, to work your deal as sixers are over the cap. go and check espn trade machine. also a second round pick is not enough to pry him away even though he can walk at season end, would definitely need to sweeten the deal with a young player or the bad first round pick.

  2. brennan
    27. February 2012 at 13:36

    By trading for JAckson, we’re getting a scoring machine who can create his own shot and shoot at a high rate and is even clutch. That allows Iggy to sit bacjk and do his usual thing getting 15 ppg, 6.0rpg and 5.0apg and adding a triple double threat at any time. Jason thompson is a stud. I believe that if you insert a person in a different system they react in differently resulting in different production rate. That applies to JT, if he were to come into Collins system I do believe that he will suceed. Doug runs a lot of half court offense allowing JT to establish himself in that paint and also setting up Jackson to play more of a paul pierce type of role. Great Idea.

  3. Kmac
    27. February 2012 at 14:14

    Trade 1 is silly to me. I would give Jrue Holiday, Elton Brand and Vucevic. If I were the coach though I would def. bring Meeks off the bench, start Evan at the 1 and Jrue at the two…

  4. Arthur Di Tullio
    27. February 2012 at 17:30

    If I controlled the sixers the first thing I would do is cut Meeks,Brand, and others that all of us have forgotten.

  5. Arthur Di Tullio
    27. February 2012 at 17:36

    then I’d trade Iggy,Jrue and Hawes( he who is forever injured) for Howard. Clean out this roster, its beginning to have a bad odor. And while I’m at it I’d fire Collins and get anyone, anyone who really wants to rebuild. Collins is way overated, and reminds me of Larry Brown, a guy that couldn’t coach a lick.
    So there it is; my dream.

  6. DArrin
    27. February 2012 at 19:00

    I WOULD -START ET AT POINT, JRUE AT THE 2, meeks off the bench or maybe trade for a shootin guard.

  7. Colin Strapp
    27. February 2012 at 20:15

    I would go out and get Dwight Howard and Jarrett Jack in a four-team deal that also includes the Orlando Magic, the Indiana Pacers, and the New Orleans Hornets. The Orlando Magic would get Danny Granger from Indiana, Emeka Okafor from New Orleans, and Evan Turner from the Sixers while possibly sending their Brandon Bass trade exception to Indiana. Meanwhile, Indiana obtains Elton Brand. New Orleans would get Hedo Turkoglu and J.J. Redick from Orlando.

    To me, that seems like the best option for the Sixers as well as leaves all teams involved with a good feeling. I don’t know about you, but I would be completely content with that trade.

    With my second move, I would bring in Allen Iverson for one more go around and pay him the league’s veteran minimum at $1,352,181 for one year. Game over.

  8. matt
    27. February 2012 at 20:15

    1. Double Vuc’s minutes. If you double his stat line that’s a very nice 13/10 with 1.6 blocks.

    2. Trade Lou for anything, which kills 10 birds with 1 stone by forcing Collins to stop letting the game turn into the Lou Iso show, allows Jrue to play point guard instead of stand in a corner, gets Turner more minutes, helps fix the offensive flow by all of the above, and possibly forces the team to play team ball in the 4th quarter instead of hoping 1 on 1 with Lou will work out.

  9. Philadunkia
    27. February 2012 at 20:37


    After reading your comment, we went one better then the trade machine (As it didn’t allow us to run a deal with the TE.)and checked via email with cap and CBA guru Larry Coon ( and you are partially correct. The Sixers would have to sweeten the pot with a player or cash to make up the difference between the Speights TE ($2.7 mil) and JT’s contract ($3 mil). However the NBA’s luxury cap tax # — $70 million — has no impact on the deal. As long as the Sixers are willing to pay the tax on the dollar amount they go over $70 mil — in the case roughly $1 mil — they can pull the trigger on the deal. We know Josh Harris has said in the past that he would be unwilling to go over the tax line, but we think he can handle it in this one situation.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    — C. Smith

  10. Tommy Mac
    27. February 2012 at 20:57

    You guys are all crazy, just relax. The reason the Sixers have fallen apart is because of the injuries. When Spencer Hawes plays the Sixers are 12-2. Also trading away Evan Turner for Anderson Varejao would be the worst trade in the history of trades. Evan Turner should be the starting point guard for the Sixers right now, but Collins is to stubborn to change anything so he will not be used properly. Evan needs the ball in his hands to be successful, when he plays off the ball it seems like he is not even out on the court. What he did in the Rising Stars game shows that he has point gaurd ability and great potential. They just got to give him a shot to prove himself. If they do this team will be a lot better off.

  11. Josh
    27. February 2012 at 21:17

    I love the sixers this year but to me, two things have stood out. Just like last year, the sixers lack a true post presence. Hawes one of the worst starting centers in the league in physicality. I think the diverts would be amazing with DH12 but I think its unrealistic to grab him. 2) Jrue holiday seems as though he has not improved. This to me is the most frustrating. He seems to disappear against good point guards. Just want to know what you think of this.

  12. kor
    28. February 2012 at 02:18

    I’d like to take this opportunity to remind folks that we could have had Demarcus Cousins. Evan Turner is coming along, but he’s not who the Sixers NEED and I don’t see him ever being more than a solid guy coming off the bench. Cousins might be a headcase, but he’s ballin this year regardless, and the Sixers most desparate situation is at center right now. Oh well….

  13. matt f
    28. February 2012 at 11:56

    I’m curious as to what N.O. was asking for Chris Kaman. I think all the “guard” issues some say we have is do to absolutely no 4/5 whole legit big man. I think if we fill that void and improve our weakest link it improves all other positions on the floor. So it makes no sense to bring in guard superstars when they will simply get double teamed with no options to dump the ball off or take clean looks.

  14. Nick C
    28. February 2012 at 22:59

    The top priority is really figuring out what they would have to pay to extend Hawes. Investing in him at 6M+/yr or letting him go for Vuc, will have a big financial impact on the Sixers plans. Then they have to decide whether to trust in the big improvement of Hawes, and the Sixers averaging 8 more points a game with him… vs. he’s injured on a brutal season, but he’s hurt every year.

    And then to decide if the untouchable label should apply, or maybe not, to Jrue Holiday. If you want to get a star you gotta give something to get something.

    Then they must have the revelation that the player most likely to be a first or even second option for scoring…on a play-off team…. is Evan Turner. Playing Turner more is paramount to knowing what direction to take the team, and when and where they need to put their money.

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