Sixers ponder moves as trade deadline looms

Posted: February 21, 2014

Make no mistake. New 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie has made several eye-popping moves since being hired in May. And what he'll do before the NBA trade deadline at 3 p.m. Thursday will be another defining moment in his short tenure in Philadelphia.

The former Houston Rockets executive wants first-round picks in exchange for Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and Thaddeus Young. That could be a major problem.

Turner and Hawes are in the final seasons of their contracts. Young has another season left, followed by a player option in 2015-16.

"We talk all the time," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of being informed of potential trade moves. "At the end of the day, I really do trust Sam Hinkie's judgment. I leave it to Sam.

"And in my experience over the years, not a lot happens."

In the Sixers' case, that's what makes the hours leading up the deadline so interesting.

There's a thought that the Sixers remain steadfast in their demands for a first-round picks.

Does a team such as the Charlotte Bobcats, which is desperate for someone with Turner's ability, meet the demands?

Will the Sixers settle for the best offer? Or will they do what appeared unthinkable months ago - opt to keep the team intact?

"At the end of the day, this is going to be left to Sam's better judgment," Brown said of any trade-day scenario. "That's why the club hired him. This is his strength."

ESPN.com reported that the Golden State Warriors are intrigued by Young. The Warriors want to make a playoff run, and are looking for a player to get them over the hump.

While Golden State says it won't trade Harrison Barnes, ESPN.com reported that he'll be available if the price is right.

If that means giving up a first-round pick, it is unlikely that the Sixers will be the team making a deal with Golden State.

"The trade deadline is almost upon us, and whatever happens, happens," Young said. "If they see fit to trade me, Spence, or Evan, we have to move on."

The thought of possibly wearing a different uniform hasn't hit Turner. At the same time, the swingman won't be surprised if he's moved.

"I understand that it's rare to stay with the same team your whole career," said the second overall pick in 2010. "Like I said, once they traded Jrue [Holiday on draft night to the New Orleans Pelicans], I believe anything can happen."

MCW ill. Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams left Wednesday's practice early because he was suffering flu symptoms.

The 6-foot-6, 185-pounder finished with 15 points, 7 turnovers, and 1 assist in Tuesday's 114-85 setback to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Guard Hollis Thompson will return to practice Thursday. He missed the last three games with a sprained right ankle.


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