Sixers' deadline deal no bombshell

Posted: February 22, 2013

THE BIG MOVE that the 76ers made during the summer - remember that one? - is the one they are apparently sticking with (or stuck with) at least for the time being.

The NBA trade deadline came and went Thursday afternoon and, with the exception of giving up a second-round pick to the Golden State Warriors for backup combo guard Charles Jenkins, all was quiet. Though Evan Turner's name was apparently mentioned to - and by - general manager Tony DiLeo, the third-year swingman is still here, as is everyone else on the roster, including Andrew Bynum.

The offseason move that brought Bynum and Jason Richardson and sent away Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and a draft pick apparently is still the deal on which the Sixers are banking their future, at least somewhat.

Richardson started 33 games before his season was ended by knee surgery. Bynum, of course, has yet to slip on a Sixers uniform due to his aching knees. Which means after the season the team will have to make the decision whether to let him loose (thus having paid more than $16 million for, basically, a distraction) or sign him to some kind of a deal with the hopes he can return to his form of a year ago when he averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds for the Los Angeles Lakers.

So at 22-30 and playoff chances fading like the possibility of Bynum suiting up, the Sixers will stand pat with what they have now, with the addition of Jenkins.

The 6-3 Jenkins, a second-round pick out of Hofstra in 2011, started 28 of the 51 games he played for the Warriors as rookie last season, averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 assists. In 47 games this season, he has averaged 1.7 points while getting just 6.2 minutes a contest, compared with 17.5 his rookie season.

Jenkins, the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year as a junior and a senior, will basically be auditioning for a role with the Sixers next year as they still try to find a true backup for All-Star Jrue Holiday. Along with Thaddeus Young, those are the only two on the roster with long-term contracts. So moves this summer should be plentiful. That is why Thursday's trading deadline came and went so quietly.

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The team had an optional practice Thursday but players were not available to the media . . . It will be quite a weekend for the Sixers as they host the defending champion Miami Heat on Saturday and travel to New York to play the Knicks on Sunday.

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