Since the Bynum-Howard trade occurred, both deals turned to be flat out failures. Bynum hasn't played a single game for us, and Dwight Howard has caused the Lakers misery for Dwight being Dwight. But the Sixers have found themselves in a ditch, for quite awhile now with only twelve-million dollars under the cap. That doesn't leave much room for them to go out in free agency to sign star player or player that could be of great service and play at an elite level. Andrew Bynum has drained our pockets and must be laughing with his sixteen million.
First, he has a setback due to pain in knees, and another idiotic setback for bowling when he probably should have been home resting and letting his knee heal. Julius "Dr. J" Erving believes that the Lakers has given the Sixers damaged goods. Ya think? "When you talk to the Lakers, when you talk to the Celtics, when you talk to -- well, those two in particular -- the guy on the other end of the phone has his fingers crossed." Erving stated when talking to the Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday before the premier of "The Doctor," a documentary on his life. "So whatever he's telling you, he's not telling you the truth. He's working a deal for him. And what happened to us last year with getting damaged goods hopefully will only happen once. And that's the extent of that learning curve." Erving is often associated with Sixers management, often looked upon as a consultant. Erving might be on to something. We may have been doped, but we're not the only ones. Didn't Orlando dope them with trade of Dwight Howard? Seems like it.
Sixers new genral manager Sam Hinkie, with his new system of analytics has been dead on with the work outs of draft prospects than searching for a new head coach. Then again, who would accept a head coaching position with the Sixers with such enthusiasm anyway? It's a not sexy position because the Sixers are not in the position where it's going to look sexy. Sixers are downright terrible, we don't know what we have in Arnett Moultrie due to Doug Collins not valuing the play of young players. When I say young, I mean draftees. The draft takes place under a three-week span and this is one of the worst draft you could have a top pick with. There are no can't miss and fundamentally sound players like last years draft. We don't know if Bynum will re-sign for one-year, because surely deep down inside he still feels he worth a max contract offer. Remember, the Sixers are only twelve-million under the cap. That's not much wiggle room to get yourself a big time player.
If Bynum is willing to to sign a one-year tender then I'm all for it. If not, move on. Though I wouldn't mind riding another year with Hawes in the middle. There's nobody really in the draft that would help the Sixers right away. At least not in the paint. From what I hear, next years draft is surely filled with physical and strong big men. Sorry, Zeller and Olynyk do not fit the bill. They'd be great offensively but won't cut it if you want an all-around big man.