Today the Sixers signed Kwame Brown to a 2-year deal worth $6 million. It seems highly likely that this Kwame Brown character will be the starting center going into next season, meaning Spencer Hawes will slide over and become the team's starting power forward, as Doug Collins has claimed he wants. This is not the end of the world. The Sixers are going to be mostly bad regardless of who starts at the 4 or the 5, so this minimal signing will not change that.
But that doesn't mean it's okay.
Almost every single one of the Sixers moves this offseason (also: ever) has been something along the lines of "well, it could be worse" or "well, it's only ___ years". Simply not giving out a bunch of guaranteed years to random players made most of us relatively pleased with their free agent activity. But just as we felt after Spencer Hawes signed for two years, we can't and shouldn't keep covering up for the Sixers' phlegmish moves because they're not completely horrendous.
Kwame Brown adds nothing to the Sixers in the big picture. Sure, he's a relatively adequate rebounder and defender. But he doesn't provide anything in terms of long-term security at any position and he certainly won't help the Sixers do anything outside of finish in the 7th to 9th spot in the Eastern Conference for the trillionth year in a row. They essentially amnestied Elton Brand so they could bring in one year of Nick Young (okay?) and one year plus a player option of Kwame Facepalm Brown. Oh and let's just move Hawes to power forward because yeah.
Logically, there are pieces missing. You want to get better for the future by giving out short-term contracts? Okay. But what's the big picture of that if you're simply going through the motions by filling out your roster with more mediocre players? The frontcourt now consists of Kwame, Hawes, Thaddeus Young, Nikola Vucevic, Lavoy Allen, and Arnett Moultrie. None of those players are, in my opinion, above average. That's 6 players for 2 slots. If Moultrie has upside, I want to see him reach it. Being buried by those guys isn't going to get him there. If Moe Harkless can become a starting 4 as they eventually want him to be, he's going to need minutes there and it looks like there aren't any for him.
Andre Iguodala just makes things more messy. A complete logjam at the 3, guys here for one year to do what exactly? Just because you have the cap space doesn't mean you have to spend it. It would seem like the only plan they have in place is to kick everyone out in two years and maybe have Jrue Holiday still on the team. Maybe. Or maybe they just want to shove everyone out by then. And if that's the case, why the hell are they trying so painfully hard to go .500?
It's a case of pulling in two directions at once. They don't know what they want. So the moves are scattered and random. And while Kwame Brown for two years won't stab you in the throat, it will strangle you slowly and deliberately. Then you look up, it's two years later, you have no building blocks, just middle-round low-upside guys and your neck hurts.