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Sixers not looking to make big trade as they wait for Bynum

Feb 19, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson Getty Images

The plan in Philadelphia before the season started was to put Andrew Bynum on the court with Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner and see what they’ve got.

That’s still the plan. Eventually.

Bynum’s still not back so the most basic questions the Sixers have remain unanswered. So don’t expect the Sixers to go making a big move, coach Doug Collins told CSNPhilly.com.

“One thing we have to be careful with is, you don’t want to make a trade to salvage a season,” Collins said. “If something happens for us, I think it would be very small. I don’t see anything major that’s going to turn our season around. Major for us is to get our guys healthy.”

And by “guys” we’re mainly talking Bynum.

He has gone through shooting drills and done some practicing. But there has been no contact, nothing that begins to simulate real game action. There’s still no timetable for his return, really.

How’s he look? Holiday says great… some days.

“You see him practice some days, other days he’s taking it a little slower and then other days he’s looking like a beast,” Holiday said. “I don’t know…

“He just looks like a train coming at you,” Holiday said. “It’s pretty scary.”

I have news for you Philly fans, from someone who saw a lot of him in Los Angeles: Even when he’s fully healthy some days he looks like a beast and some days he’s a little slower. It’s just who he is.

  1. cosanostra71 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I hope he gets healthy and is able to play. He is an entertaining player to watch. I still think the Lakers got better at center even when Bynum gets healthy, but as a basketball fan I want to see him doing his thing!

  2. ryanrockzzz - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    There is a reason you can buy Sixers tickets on Stubhub for like 1.00 these days. No one in Philly cares about this team anymore, because quite simply the franchise does not care about winning. For years it was the Iggy show, featuring a bunch of mediocre players, who could finish middle of the pack and get bounced in the playoffs. The most marketable piece on this team isn’t a player, it is Doug Collins for crying out loud.

    It would be great to think that Bynum could be healthy, but he obviously has chronic knee problems,and can’t be relied on. Hopefully they eventually trade E.T. in the offseason and rebuild this team around their only quality starter, Jrue. I love the Sixers and want to see them win, but I honestly would love it if they would just tank for a few years so they could get some players through the draft, considering they never have a budget/prestige to lure anyone in free agency.

  3. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I’m also an avid 76ers fan, and I agree with a lot of what you’re saying. I feel like our chances of luring elite level talent are small, and the year we get lucky with a lottery pick, we get a mediocre and timid Evan Turner with the 2nd pick overall.

    I truly feel there is only 1 way of getting out of this limbo of being a borderline playoff team that gets bounced 1st round every year only to recieve a middle of the pack draft pick…and that’s for us to make good on a top-5 draft selection.

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    The idea of my 6ers receiving the 2nd overall pick the year Durant came out….salivating.

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