Rumors were recently swirling around that Sam Hinkie’s Philadelphia 76ers would be receiving the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Anthony Bennett, as part of a package deal in return for the services of veteran power forward Thaddeus Young. Well, in some less appealing news for Sixers fans, according to StarTribune.com, Young is still on his way out the door while the talks of Bennett have ceased and two more names have been included with Philly looking to add the expiring contracts of Minnesota’s Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute, in addition at a 2015 first-round draft pick.
This certainly isn’t the deal Sixers fans had in mind as most were beginning to look forward to the physicality and upside Bennett would bring to The City of Brotherly Love. Rather, a very young and talent-lacking roster will add two well below average assets who shouldn’t make the Sixers any better or worse than they already are, although, that seems to be what Hinkie is aiming for.
The additions, despite not being anything brag-able or headline worthy with a former No. 1 overall pick now staying in Minnesota following this three team trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, will ultimately provide some use for the Sixers. Shved’s contract will soon be able to be dumped in time to add even more flexibility to the 76ers’ available salary cap for next year’s free agency. Mbah a Moute, on the other hand, could find his role and stint in Philadelphia to be much more meaningful, as he is currently Sixers injured rookie Joel Embiid’s mentor.
Again, this surely isn’t the deal most 76ers fans were looking forward to, and rightfully so considering the value they will be losing in a player like Young. But then again, with one foot already out the door, the Sixers had to get something in return for his services before he would be able to simply walk for free.
The deal can’t become official until Aug. 23 after the three teams can talk with the league office, but I still think Hinkie is letting go of Young a little too easily and holding out until close to the trade deadline could have shown a much higher reward.
As of now, this is where the deal stands. It’s not the best deal for the Sixers, but it’s a deal nonetheless.