Sixers expect quiet at trade deadline

Sixers GM Tony DiLeo: 'I don't think we'll be doing anything major.'
Sixers GM Tony DiLeo: 'I don't think we'll be doing anything major.'
Posted: February 21, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS - It appears a safe bet that Thursday's 3 p.m. trading deadline will come and go pretty quietly for the 76ers. Perhaps that's not the news fans want to hear, but for the time being, at least, the Andrew Bynum fiasco kind of has the organization at a standstill.

"We are working the phones, but I don't think we'll be doing anything major," general manager Tony DiLeo said before Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves that opened the unofficial second half of the NBA season. "If we do something, it will be minor. But it doesn't look like we'll take on any big salaries or anything like that."

DiLeo has said all season that Bynum is part of the Sixers' plans, but that was when optimism was still high that the 7-footer could play a decent amount of games for the team. Now with Bynum saying Tuesday that he's still at least a couple of weeks away from full scrimmaging, those thoughts may be changing, though DiLeo isn't saying.

"I don't pay much attention to it," coach Doug Collins said of the trade deadline. "The thing is that there are so many rumors now. I think people just throw stuff out there to see if it will fit. I've always said that I try to say to guys that if their name is being mentioned, that means somebody likes you, so try to put a positive spin on it and be flattered that people are talking about you. Nobody really wants to get traded. A lot of guys think that the grass is always greener and stuff, but at the end of the day, most guys don't want to be traded.

I have not talked to [DiLeo] at all. Our phones, I think, are pretty quiet. If he sees something or hears something, he'll give me a call."

Sound familiar?

Asked before the game what his All-Star break was like, the coach said: "It's good to get away from it, but now we need to get right back into it. We need to turn things the other way, try to get some momentum going the other way . . . I think it's important that we go into this [knowing] that we have to get something going.

"We just have to be consistent. You get tired of getting way down and then trying to come back in the fourth quarter. We've got to play 48 minutes. We really haven't done that consistently."

Sounds like Doug Collins, right? Those quotes belong to Minnesota's Doug Adelman, however. The Timberwolves have struggled this season, particularly since their star big man got hurt. (Where have we heard that before?) When Kevin Love broke his right hand on Jan. 3, the Timberwolves were 15-14 and seemed to be a team on the rise. Without Love, they went on to lose 17 of their next 21 games heading into Wednesday's game with the Sixers. While the Sixers are still within striking distance of a playoff spot in the East, the T-Wolves would need more than just the return of Love to make it in the West.

Ice fishing

Sixers coach Doug Collins spent the All-Star break getting some R & R at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he enjoyed the warm sun. His time off could not have been more different from that of Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic.

Pekovic went ice fishing for northern pike on Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota. It was reported that he caught only two fish, but Collins jokingly said he wished he was part of the excursion.

"I wanted to go with Pekovic ice fishing and drink a couple of beers, but he didn't invite me, so I had to go to Arizona instead," Collins said. "I think it's always good to get away. He's a really good friend of our video guy and assistant coach, Monte Shubik, so I was waiting for the invite, but I didn't get the call."

Collins hunted down Pekovic on the court before the game and joked about the snub.


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