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Trade Deadline Grades: High Marks For Sixers' Deadline Deals

In this edition of Casual Friday, national writers talk about Sam Hinkie and the Sixers' trades!

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Liberty Ballers will have a lot (A LOT) more to come on Sam Hinkie's four (!!!) trades yesterday at the deadline, but until then to hold you over here is a look at what some of the national writers in regards to the Sixers. On the Hawes trade, Kevin Pelton laments what did not happen.

Philadelphia 76ers: B

The Sixers obviously hoped a bidding war would get them a first-round pick for Hawes. That never happened; no first-round picks of any kind changed hands at the deadline

However, he would later have high remarks for the Sixers' role in the Andre Miller trade.

Philadelphia 76ers: A-

The Nuggets were unwilling to take on Maynor's salary for next season, so the 76ers facilitated the deal and pick up a pair of second-round picks for their trouble. Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie has more cap space than he knows what to do with, so taking on Maynor's $2.1 million salary for next season isn't a real concern.

And Pelton even found a way not to dislike the Sixers' requiring Byron Mullins.

Philadelphia 76ers: B

The Sixers don't have to get any production out of Mullens on the floor for this deal to work. They get a second-round pick from the Clippers, and Mullens' 2014-15 salary is low enough that they can simply cut him next season if they need the roster spot.

Good thing too, because if the expectation is production out of BJ Mullens, well, prepare to be grossly disappointed.

And lastly, Pelton compliments the Sixers' getting a 2015 second round pick for Evan Turner.

As important as this deal was to Indiana, it was probably the Sixers' least meaningful of the day. Turner was a goner in Philadelphia. There was no chance the 76ers would have tendered him the massive $8.7 million qualifying offer necessary to make him a restricted free agent, and it's unlikely that stats-savvy Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie wanted him back at a lower price. So Philadelphia was going to trade Turner today if it returned anything of value. This deal did in the form of Golden State's 2015 second-round pick.

Also at ESPN, Tom Haberstroh comments on the Indiana perspective of the Sixers' trade of Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Pacers for a package centered around the Warriors' 2015 2nd round pick and tries to justify why the Pacers would make what many might see as a puzzling trade.

At the end of the day, the Pacers' last-minute trade is more about trusting their developmental staff and organizational principles than it is about trusting Turner. Can Vogel and his staff convince Turner to play selfless, disciplined basketball in the midst of a contract year?

Transitioning to Hardwood Paroxysm, Andrew Lynch talks about Byron Mullens fitting in with the Sixers.

[Mullens]'s very not very good at it. But he's tall, and he can shoot three-pointers. That doesn't mean he can make a ton of them - he's a career 30.5% shooter from deep - but he can really, really shoot them. In 167 minutes with the Clippers, he managed to jack up 39 triples, for a rate of 8.4 threes per 36 minutes. The best part, though? That was with the Clippers playing almost impossibly slow when Mullens was on the court. The Sixers, by contrast, play an average of almost 9 possessions more per 48 minutes. That's an extra 6.75 possession per 36 minutes (WOOO MATH).

Byron Mullens have it all. Or something.

Over at Grantland, Zach Lowe and Bill Simmons published a running diary on their thoughts of everything that happened at the trade deadline. Below are Lowe's POVs on all of the Sixers happenings.

Philly will receive two second-rounders, which is decent return for a mediocre unrestricted free agent who has regressed defensively this season

Maynor might prove semi-useful to the Sixers next season. Philly is trotting out D-League-level pseudo ball handlers behind Michael Carter-Williams and Tony Wroten. If Maynor remains this unproductive, well, I don't see Philly really trying to win games, anyway.

The Sixers get another second-round pick, a buyout candidate in Granger, and they hit the salary floor. Hooray! Thaddeus Young is weeping somewhere right now. Philly might not win five games the rest of the season.

And lastly, over at the SB Nation mothership, Mark Deeks discusses the Sixers' cap space.

The issue is now closed, and closed with some emphasis. Regardless of their need to meet it, doubts about the Sixers ability and desire to fulfill the salary floor requirement were put to bed Thursday with a series of trades that seem to take on a significant amount of salary. In separate deals with the Wizards, Clippers, Pacers and Cavaliers, the 76ers traded away Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen in exchange for Eric Maynor, Byron Mullens, Danny Granger, Earl Clark and multiple second-round picks. The outbound players combine for a $16,339,867 cap number, while the incoming combine for $21,235,695. The cap space got used, and the floor got met.

So much more to come in the upcoming days here at LB. We've got player eulogies, player previews, The Trade That Almost Happen But Fell Through Last Minute, draft pick break downs, Mavs game coverage, and breaking news as it happened. Stay tuned to Liberty Ballers because this is not the end of Hinkie-Mania, it is only the beginning.

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