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Xavier Silas Joins Sixers For Final Two

The Sixers made a couple of related announcements today. First, they signed Xavier Silas, who spent some time with them in the preseason, for the remaining two games. Second, they announced that Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala and Thad Young didn't travel with the team for the final two games. I'm not a big fan of the second bit of news, the first is a positive, I guess. Kind of like how confetti after wins is a positive.

Good for Silas. Hopefully, he'll get some serious burn in these final two games. The last thing I want to see is 30+ minutes for Jrue or Lou. This was really a necessary move considering the roster makeup. Silas doesn't strike me as NBA material, in the least, but it's good that they're giving him a shot instead of a retread.

As for the other bit of news, I really don't like it. Definitely rest Iguodala, Brand and Thad (and maybe Lou and Jrue as well), but why not have them travel with the team. You're resting them so they'll be fresh for the playoffs, but if I was making the call, I'd want them together in the hotel, together on the bench, together at the shoot around. This doesn't seem like an opportune time to be splitting up your squad, and really leaving all the young guys to their own devices on the road without any kind of veteran presence. Yes there are two meaningless (possibly worse than meaningless, because they really don't want to win them) games to be played, but this is also an opportunity to dial everyone in for the playoffs. I just don't see how leaving those guys back in Philly helps things. The only possible caveat being they're all staying behind to get healthy, which I suppose could be the case.

In the end, it's probably not that big of a deal, it just doesn't sit right with me.
by Brian on Apr 24 2012
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