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Don’t look for Sixers to make moves at trade deadline

Jan 14, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT

Injured Philadelphia 76er Bynum walks past a teammate before the start of the NBA basketball game between the 76ers and the Toronto Raptors in Philadelphia Reuters

Philadelphia general manager Tony DiLeo doesn’t know really what cards he’s been dealt.

Last summer he made a bold move — he shipped out Andre Iguodala and rebuilt the team around Andrew Bynum. There are not many athletic, true centers in the league and Philly landed itself one. Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds a game last season.

This season because of a knee injury he hasn’t set foot on a court (well, he finally did on Monday, but just for some stand-still shooting practice).

Which led DiLeo to tell not to expect and trade deadline moves because he really doesn’t even know what his team looks like yet.

“We just have to wait and be patient and try to get some answers,” said Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo last Friday when discussing the shape of his roster. “We want to see how Andrew fits in and how our players fit in with him….

“When we made the trade [for Bynum], we built the team around him,” DiLeo said. “That’s one of the questions we have to answer.”

Bynum thinks he could be back around the All-Star break. Even if he is, that would leave just a handfull of games to evaluate the team (and Bynum will not be 100 percent).

As noted in the story, the Sixers might make moves on the edges of the roster, like getting a backup point guard to play behind Jrue Holiday. But as for serious moves, not likely. He doesn’t know if he needs to make a move.

Of course, DiLeo does have to figure out what kind of contract he wants to offer the free agent Bynum this summer… not the most fun time to be in his chair.

  1. laughsatyou - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    The East is going to be really fun to watch after the All star break . Bynum should be back , D-Rose and Granger too . Cant wait until teams are at full strength .

    • saint1997 - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:44 AM

      don’t forget about the Knicks’ injuries too! I agree though, those are 4 of the top 5 teams getting stars back

  2. tannethrill - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    He has no choice but to pay Bynum and roll the dice.

    • biasedhomer - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Not necessarily.

      There is a chance Howard might leave LA. If he decides to test the open market, Philly may have an outside shot at landing him. In Philly, or most other teams that can sign him to a max contract, he would be the face of the franchise from day one, not second fiddle to Kobe.

  3. imthewiz77 - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Please trade Evan Turner, can’t watch this guy play anymore

  4. pricejustin24 - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    For what? Turner isn’t worth a bag of basketballs.

    • tfoz5150 - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      he’s a #2 pick, NCAA player of the year.

  5. somekat - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    No reason to make a move at the deadline, at least a major move. They still dont’ know what they have. They built the team to go around Bynum this off-season, and he hasnt’ been there. If he is going to make it back after the break, there is no reason not to just wait and see what you have.

    The decision on wether to give him a max deal or not looms large over the next 5 years of the franchise. They should give him every chance possible to show if it’s a gamble worth making. So unless the trades are going to make the team even better suited to play around Bynum, I think it’s a bad idea.

    I just see the sixers run a lot of sets that would be trouble for the other team, if they just had a stopper at the rim, but the best the have is Hawes. Adding Bynum, not to mention having a post presence on offense, can make that Holiday/Turner/Young/Wright lineup look pretty nice.

  6. philadelphiafan - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:57 AM

    “Bynum thinks he could be back around the All-Star break. Even if he is, that would leave just a handfull of games to evaluate the team.”

    I didn’t know half a season was just a handful of games?

    • shanelsweet - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:30 AM

      Makes you wonder what Kurt’s hand must look like, doesn’t it? He could probably pick his nose for a month and never use the same finger twice.

    • macjacmccoy - Jan 17, 2013 at 6:26 AM

      He meant a handful of games to evaluate the team before the TRADE DEADLINE.

  7. kavika6 - Jan 17, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    Bynum needs to forget the NBA, color his face white, dye his hair red and do some McDonalds commercials.

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