Hi there people. Since the trade rumors have started swirling and since a lot of fellow fan-posters have taken to expressing their thoughts on what they believe are possible trades that could improve our future outlook, I felt like putting in my 2 cents as well. My trade scenario starts off with a simple two team trade between us and the Oklahoma City Thunder. From there I try to expand the trade team by team, up to a "fatal four-way" lol. This should be fun. I wonder what you guys think.
First Scenario: Two Team Trade between 76ers and Thunder (ESPN Trade Machines says "yes")
Why the Thunder do it: First and foremost because of Spencer Hawes. He seems like a perfect fit next to the defensive monster that is Serge Ibaka and would help spread the floor for Durant and Westbrook. OKC's offense would go from pretty good (9th in off efficiency) to totally (H)awesome in an instant. Defensively they haven't really gotten anything out of Perkins who looks like he's done. Spencer should be decent enough to not drag down OKC's overall team defense too much. E.T. would slide into a sixth man role and be the primary ball handler off the bench, allowing Reggie Jackson to be the score first guard that he really is. And last but not least the Thunder would get Perkins off their books!
Why the Sixers do it: Our primary target here would be Jeremy Lamb who is playing quite well for OKC right now, albeit in limited minutes. He is exactly what we need next to MCW: a sweet-shooting 2-Guard with decent athleticism that has the potential to improve considerably. Perry Jones is a more unproven prospect, but one with good potential regardless. The draft pick would only be a late 1st rounder but in the upcoming deep draft we might be able to make an upside pick that others are affraid to gamble on. Perkins would stuff our salary for an additional year, but could ultimately turn into trade bait in 2014/15 as an expiring contract (a season I believe we might be tanking one last time anyways).
Second Scenario: Three Team Trade between 76ers, Thunder and Rockets (ESPN Trade Machine is down with this)
Thunder receive Omer Asik, Evan Turner and a 2014 2nd round pick from PHI (via BRK or HOU)
76ers receive Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones, Kendrick Perkins, a 2014 1st round pick from OKC (via DAL, top 20 protected through 2017) and a 2014 2nd round pick from HOU (via NYK)
Why the Rockets do it: Omer Asik is unhappy in Houston, he is owed a huge pay check in 2014/15, and Thad fits a need. He would give the Rockets immediate help as a (stretch?) four, either by providing a scoring punch off the bench or as the starter next to Howard. Moultrie and Thabeet provide some depth at the Big positions, and as mentioned, HOU would save a lot of money through this trade.
Why the Thunder do it: Swap out Hawes for Asik in the first trade scenario and OKC's defense automatically jumps to the top of the league (they are already 4th in deff efficiency as per John Hollinger). Asik would be a great fit next to Ibaka, who has developed a very reliable mid-range jump shot over the years and has even shown some range from deep. Turner/Perkins = see first trade scenario.
Why the Sixers do it: See first trade scenario.
Third Scenario: Four Team Trade between 76ers, Thunder, Rockets and Blazers (ESPN Trade Machines says "wow, four teams, really?")
Blazers receive Omer Asik , Arnett Moultrie and a 2014 2nd round pick from HOU (via NYK)
Rockets receive Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen, and Hasheem Thabeet
Thunder receive Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, Joel Freeland and a 2014 2nd round pick from PHI (via HOU or BRK)
76ers receive Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones, Kendrick Perkins, Thomas Robinson and a 2014 1st round pick from OKC (via DAL, top 20 protected through 2017)
Why the Blazers do it: Everything that was said about pairing Asik with Serge Ibaka applies just as much to a pairing of Asik and LaMarcus Aldridge. The defensive edge the Blazers would gain by this trade is potentially enormous. Also, Asik is a very underrated passer and could benefit greatly on the offensive end from all the attention opponents pay to LMA. Moving Fropez to the bench would further strengthen Portlands second unit. Moultrie is just for depth and the pick sweetens the deal a little.
Why the Rockets do it: See second trade scenario. Allen could possibly provide stronger play from the bench than Moultrie, but basically it's a wash.
Why the Thunder do it: See first trade scenario + Freeland for depth.
Why the Sixers do it: Young gunz galore! We get 3 great prospects with high upside that could benefit greatly from coach Brown's development-oriented staff and playing style. We get a 2014 1st rounder, and, most importantly, we basically get the guarantee that our team will suck after this trade, making it more likely for us to get the desired top 5 pick in 2014.
Alright, that is my "why simple, when you can have it complicated" contribution to Liberty Ballers' trade rumors/suggestions for our Sixers. Let's hear it folks. Any thoughts, criticism, congratulations are welcome ;-)