Surprised the Sixers haven’t dipped their toes into the trade water yet? Afraid Sam Hinkie will stay put through the Feb. 20 deadline, like he did in free agency last summer?
Never fear, Philly faithful. Based on a few recent reports, things could soon start heating up in the City of Brotherly Love.
The first comes from Grantland’s Zach Lowe, who dropped a few Sixers-related nuggets on Wednesday that should pique the interest of anyone whose stomach is strong enough to still be following this team. According to Lowe, the Sixers have “amped up their feelers on Thaddeus Young in the last week, per several league sources, and other execs view it as a lock that Evan Turner will be on the block—if he isn’t already.”
Lowe wasn’t the only ESPN’er to wax philosophical on the Sixers’ trade prospects this week. In a SportsNation chat on Wednesday, NBA draft expert Chad Ford explained why Hinkie hasn’t already pulled the trigger on a trade for Young, Turner or Spencer Hawes:
“Unfortunately for the Sixers, most teams don’t make their best offers in January. Usually those don’t come until the week of the trade deadline. So while there is clearly an incentive to trade now to lose more games, if Hinkie waits, he probably gets more value in a month than he does now. Besides, the Sixers still have the third best shot of winning the lottery with those guys. It’s not like they are playing themselves out of a contention for a Top 3 pick.”
Wednesday night’s result notwithstanding, Ford’s analysis should assuage many concerns about the Sixers’ relative inactivity thus far. Hinkie hasn’t necessarily committed to keeping all three; he’s just waiting to strike until the iron is hottest.
The final report comes from Liberty Ballers’ Jake Pavorsky, who reported yesterday morning that the Sixers may be pushing a Hawes-Turner package deal. A few teams have reportedly shown at least some interest, per Pavorsky’s sources, but “no deal is close to imminent.”
Long story short: Just because the Sixers are not (reportedly) on the precipice of a deal doesn’t mean that none are in the works. Hinkie, I suspect, is working like a madman behind the scenes, so have a little patience.
(Also, if Hinkie can get a big return on a Hawes-Turner package, he’s more of a diabolical genius than we imagined).