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Report: Sixers almost acquired Josh Smith at deadline

Mar 7, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

Josh Smith, Devin Harris AP

On paper it’s an impressive front line — Andrew Bynum and Josh Smith.

On the court… that would have been interesting. I mean, assuming Bynum ever gets back on the court. Like the Bucks backcourt, it could be both amazing and painfully bad, not even game to game but quarter to quarter.

We will not find out what a Bynum/Smith pairing would have been like.

However, we almost did reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sources from both teams confirmed that the Sixers and the Hawks were close to a deal that would have sent Sixers Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes to the Hawks for forward Josh Smith.

I would think the Hawks asked for more here. Spencer Hawes is solid and has one more year after this at $6.6 million. Turner was slumping around the deadline and the Sixers have real questions about his place next to Jrue Holiday down the line. That’s not a great haul for the Hawks. Then again it’s not nothing either, and that’s what the Hawks got for the free agent to be in Smith. Danny Ferry clearly looked at his options at the deadline and chose cap space over Hawes and Turner.

For the Sixers, it would have meant two unrestricted free agents in Bynum and Smith that were going to cost a lot of money to keep this summer. They have rolled the dice since reaching the second round of the playoffs last year and thinking that was max for what that old roster could do. But this would have been doubling down on a bet that didn’t work yet the first time.

Maybe it’s best both sides walked away here.

  1. kvanhorn87 - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    In theory couldn’t the sixers sign josh smith this summer, keep hawes and turner for depth and then go over cap to re-sign their own free agent Bynum?

  2. money2long - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    honestly, smith will look good on a lot of teams.

  3. fanofevilempire - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    a change could help Josh this year but is he a max guy?

  4. sasquash20 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Thank god we kept the consistent Turner and the tough as nails Hawes. I would have missed ET’s goofy jump shot and bad attitude. I’m so glad we passed on the 2 best players in the draft that year in Cousins and Favors. We needed a tweener G/F with no jump shot over some front court players who were clearly too young for my Sixers who were in a win now mode. Hawes is the best jump shooting 7 footer on the sixers. Thank god for that. I wouldn’t want him down low rebounding and going strong to the hoop.

    Dear God,
    Please let the light go on with ownership and fire everyone associated with the decision making progress for the Sixers. In fact fire everyone associated with the Sixers in general. Oh and start with Doug C. I love Doug C but he doesn’t have a clue when evaluating talent either. Go back to TV you are one of the best at that.

  5. sledgehorn - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    I think this is a strong off-season possibility.
    The Sixers want to go BIG to fight off the small teams in the east.
    If Bynum comes back halfway decent, it would be a sick 4-5 combo, not to mention Holliday emerging as a star.

  6. fm31970 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    “Like the Bucks backcourt, it could be both amazing and painfully bad, not even game to game but quarter to quarter”

    You mean the Bucks who are eight(?) games ahead of the Sixers in the standings? But you’re right, they are very Jekyll and Hyde. I guess a slam is better than not being mentioned.

    • ryanrockzzz - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      yea going for that 8 seed…..that’s impressive stuff.

      • phaden27 - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Fear the Steer.

  7. phillyrox - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    It just seems to me that Josh Smith and Thad Young have redundant skill sets. I don’t see much good in having both of them on the same team.

  8. 00maltliquor - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    That would’ve been a good deal for both teams…and a steal for the Sixers. ATL woulda at least got something instead of nothing when he leaves.

    My guess is Philly ending up not pulling the trigger because although Josh Smith is a fantastic player, do you really think Smoove AND Bynum is a championship tandom since both will be asking max money and the new CBA makes it hard for you to build anything after 2 max’s.

  9. ryanrockzzz - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    I wouldn’t mind the Sixers targeting Smith in free agency. Pairing him with Bynum hopefully won’t happen, because Bynum shouldn’t come back here at all, unless it’s for a really low cap number to offset the money they would have to give Smith.

  10. iamhoraceknight - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Sixers Should Have Signed Josh Smith 5 Years Ago instead of signing Brand.

  11. anebriated - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    The move would have been nice to help lure Howard this offseason as he and smith are childhood friends

  12. lakerluver - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    And I almost had a date with Halle Berry. The Hawks will forever be a team that’s just good enough to make the playoffs but never good enough to win the title. Philly is starting to look like that as well.

  13. emosnar - Mar 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    … so the sixers are saying they almost made two (bynum) dumbass trades?

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