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The 76ers roster could see a lot more shakeups

Aug 20, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson Getty Images

Philadelphia has gone another direction — Andre Iguodala is out, Andrew Bynum is in as the new face of the franchise. The young, anchor center who has Philly talking about something other than the Eagles. Well, for five minutes.

The idea is to sell hope in Philly and build on a young core of Bynum, Evan Turner, Jrue Holiday and others. Things are changing.

But things could change a lot more in the next couple years as the Sixers are loaded with short term deals — including Bynum’s — points out Nick Menta at

In fact, there will be a grand total of nine Sixers whose contracts will expire within the next two years.

Five of those contracts — Bynum, Jrue Holiday, Nick Young, Dorell Wright and Royal Ivey — are up at the end of next season. Four more — Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, Kwame Brown and Lavoy Allen — expire at the end of the 2013-14 season. For reference, Brown’s is technically for one season with a player option for a second, though his agent has called it a two-year deal.

Brown is picking up that option. And smart money says Bynum will re-sign after the season.

Philly isn’t likely to make radical changes, they will extend (or at least give a qualifying offer to) Holiday, they likely extend Turner, they have Thaddeus Young still for a few years.

But as the Sixers see what they are missing with this new look and lineup, once they see what needs to be changed and added to really make this work and improve, they should have the flexibility to do it. Not next season, Bynum’s extension will soak up most of the space they have, but in the years after that.

It’s a pretty good time to be hopefully in Philly. Right now, Bynum is handling everything beautifully. We’ll see if it is all the same when the Eagles season is over.

  1. illcomm - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    even with bynum. philly will be able to sign max guy next season if they want.

    • phillysportsfanwithaclue - Aug 21, 2012 at 7:20 AM

      Chris Paul!

  2. kandh2004 - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Max guy or no max guy I love that there is some direction and Bynum gives hope and that’s all we want right now instead of the 1st round again

  3. philadelphiafan - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Holiday has earned a nice contract, not the max deal that he wanted a month ago, but i think he deserves to be paid like a top PG. In my opinion I think he’s a very underrated shooter. The only knock on Jrue is that he can tend to show up and take control for 2 quarters a game and then disappear for the other 2. If he can be consistent then its scary how good he could actually be. And he’s only 22!!

  4. darthsat - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    I give Jrue credit for his improving his offensive game, but I’d like to see his assist total increase before paying him like a top PG. I am positive, however, for the first time in a long time that we seem to have some direction now.

  5. chadinkc30 - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    “The only knock on Jrue is that he can tend to take control for 2 quarters a game and then disappear for the other 2″…..that sounds a lot like Drew as in Andrew Bynum. If he improves every year & stays healthy he can be a great player, but if I was a Philly fan, what would scare me the most is if he plays great this year, gets a max contract, and then gets injured (very likely given his past).

    • raidmagic - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      That is exactly why Orlando didn’t want him

  6. manotas211 - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Thank you Philly for finally helping the Lakers get rid of immature Bynum. Wait until he wants to start launching 3’s. And his laziness to run the floor.

  7. shockexchange - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    The Shock Exchange thinks some people play basketball not out of passion, but simply ’cause they are tall. Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time was awesome. Bynum sans Gasol, not so much.

  8. tfoz5150 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    And thank you Denver for taking Andre Iguodala’s hefty contract and mediocre game in exchange. Good luck Iggy!

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