With all the Andre Trade Rumors heating up , I think we can use the Samuel Dalembert trade to get insight in what the Sixer Font office maybe seeking:
-Dalembert voiced his displeasure playing for the Sixers and officialy asked to be traded. Andre has not asked to be traded as of yet, but clearly isn't happy and would like to play for a contender. The Sixers didn't trade Dalembert right after his request, but only when a deal they liked came avaiiable.
-When Dalembert was eventually traded to the Kings it wasn't a salary dump or acquiring young assets to build with, but rather two veterans players who could help the team win right away. The team could of just kept Dalembert for 1 more season and allow his contract to expire. Both Hawes and Nocioni did have substantial roles with the team, where Nocioni's contract is still on the books and Hawes is a restricted FA, who the team would like to resign. The deal was all about getting beter now, rather than adding another young prospect who needs some development.
-You can make a strong arguement that the front office used the same philsophy in last year's draft by selecting the more ready Evan Turner over the raw, high upside player in Derrick Favors. Turner offerred more immeidiate returns, where Favors needed alot of development. Now many viewed Turner the better long-term player, but when the Sixers have had a huge need along their frontline, maybe this selection was about getting better now, then looking towards the future.
I strongly believe Doug Collins and the Sixer Front Office are happy with their young core, but would like to add players who can help them win games right away, not when a few bad contracts come off their books in the future. It makes alot of sense when you hear what players are being talked about involving AI2. All players discussed are quality, experienced players who can help the team immediately. Andre is a nice player, never will be a star and has a huge contract. I believe the likes of Ellis, Kaman, Turk are all good, but not star players who also have huge contracts. Outside of Kaman, whose contract expires in another season, the other two still have multiple years remaining on their deals. To get equal value or improve by dealing Andre, the team will have to take a similar player in return. One who isn't cap friendly, but one who can produce right away for the team.
The majority of us would like either to land a young, high upside prospect or get Andre's contract off the books. I don't believe the Sixer Front Office wants to do this. Throw in the fact that the team is struggling in getting fans into their arena and should have a new onwership group in place, it is more about building the best winning team now, not for 2-3 years down the line.