Sixers Notes: Sixers quiet on eve of trade deadline

The 76ers' Jeremy Pargo runs into the Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio during the first quarter. (Jim Mone/AP)
The 76ers' Jeremy Pargo runs into the Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio during the first quarter. (Jim Mone/AP)
Posted: February 21, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS - It looks as if the 76ers will stand pat at the NBA trade deadline.

Back to work after the all-star break, Sixers coach Doug Collins said before Wednesday's game with the Minnesota Timberwolves that he had not heard from general manager Tony DiLeo regarding any trades the team might make. The trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m.

"I have not talked to him," Collins said of DiLeo, who remained in Philadelphia. "Our phones are pretty quiet. If he hears something, he'll give me a call. But I have not heard from him today."

There was plenty of talk leading up to the deadline - with Atlanta's Josh Smith being mentioned most prominently - but there had been little movement.

"I don't pay much attention to that," Collins said. "The thing about it is there are so many rumors out there. I think people just throw stuff out there to see if it'll fit."

Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said that many of the rumors are spun by agents these days.

"I think the biggest thing going on in our league right now is the agents' involvement," he said. "They have so much involvement, and they are trying to broker deals all over the place, so that's where you get all the rumors. A lot of times they are the ones trying to make these deals that are out there, and a lot of times they are maybe not the best thing for your team."

Time for some chatter

Collins said he wants Jrue Holiday to speak up more while he's on the court.

Holiday made his first All-Star Game appearance on Sunday. Collins said that when he returned, he shared with the coach how vocal Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul was during the game, hammering home a lesson that Collins wants his point guard to learn.

"I think one of the things that blew him away was how much Chris Paul talks on the floor," Collins said. "I think the last time we played the Clippers, he took his mouthpiece out about 1,000 times out on the floor. When you talk, you solve problems."


Contact John N. Mitchell at jmitchell@philly.com, or follow on Twitter @JmitchInquirer.

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